A lot of people have asked me lately, “What is quinoa?”. I answer, “It’s the magical grain.” Quinoa is the amazing gluten-free grain that is high in fiber and a complete protein, meaning it has all nine amino acids. Quinoa also contains high amounts of lysine, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus. It is a great replacement for rice or couscous and works great here in this simple recipe for Southwestern Quinoa Salad. Serve it room temperature or chilled. It’s awesome, and my kids even ate it too! By the way, quinoa can be found at Whole Foods Market or any of your specialty stores.
Gluten-Free Southwestern Quinoa
1 1/4 cups low-sodium gluten-free chicken broth
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
3/4 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup gluten-free salsa
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1. Cook quinoa in chicken broth according to package directions; let cool slightly. Add beans and remaining ingredients, mixing well. Serve chilled or at room temperature.