>Super Grain: QUINOA: Pronounced: “keen- wah”

>Amanda, a friend of mine was discussing the benefits of Quinoa as a grain high in protein. Here is a recipe for: Quinoa with Pistachio Pepper Sauce
 taken  from the Veggie Paradise web. @ http://www.vegparidise.com

1 cup Quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt

 4 bell peppers

1/3 cup raw pistachios
1 small clove garlic
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon water
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste

1 tablespoon finely diced red bell pepper
1tsp cilantro
 First place the quinoa into a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water for 1-2 minutes to remove the bitter residue. Place quinoa into a 2 quart saucepan. Add the water and salt, cover and bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce heat to low and steam for 15-20 minutes
Turn off heat and allow to stand for  10 minutes before lifting off the cover
Wash the bell peppers and place on a baking sheet. Place under broiler about 3 inches from heat source and broil
Turn every 5 minutes until skins are blackened on all sides
Plunge the peppers into a bowl of cold water in the sink
When cool, rub the skins off with your fingers and  cut in half, discarding the core and seeds. Then put the peppers into a food processor ( or blender)
Add pistachios, garlic, olive oil, water salt and pepper and blend until a chunky consistency
To Serve: Spoon the cooked quinoa into a large, deep dish platter and spoon some of the pepper sauce over the top.
Garnish with the riced red bell pepper and cilantro and serve the remainder of the sauce at the table.