- 1 3/4cup quinoa, rinsed*
- 2 3/4cup chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 large bunch bok choy, chopped
- 1 onion, sliced vertically
- 3tablespoon soy sauce
- 2tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/2 pound snow peas
- 1 1/2pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
* Before cooking, the seeds must be rinsed to remove their bitter resin-like coating, which is called saponin. Placing quinoa in a strainer and rinsing thoroughly with water easily washes the saponin from the seeds.
Try this with tofu for a great vegetarian version. Use extra firm tofu and cube it, adding it in at the same time as you would the shrimp.
Nutritionally, quinoa might be considered a super grain--although it is not really a grain, but the seed of a leafy plant that's distantly related to spinach. Quinoa has excellent reserves of protein and unlike other grains, is not missing the amino acid lysine, so the protein is more complete (a trait it shares with other "non-true" grains such as buckwheat and amaranth). Quinoa offers more iron than other grains and contains high levels of potassium and riboflavin, as well as other B vitamins: B6, niacin, and thiamin. It is also a good source of magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese, and has some folate (folic acid).