Tuesday, 3 November 2015


What is Quinoa?

Quinoa is a grain crop primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal, similar in some respects to buckwheat, rather than a true cereal. Qunioa is closely related to species such as beetroots, spinach,  and tumbleweeds. After harvest, the seeds must be processed to remove the coating containing the bitter-tasting saponins. The seeds are in general cooked the same way as rice and can be used in a wide range of dishes. The leaves are eaten as a left vegetable , much like amaranth but commercial availability of quinoa greens is limited.  
Quinoa originated in the Andean region of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia, (mostly from the South of America) where it was domesticated 3,000 to 4,000 years ago for human consumption, though archaeological evidence shows a non-domesticated association with pastoral herding some 5,200 to 7,000 years ago.

It is high in protein, and is tolerant of dry soil. The nutrient composition is favourable compared with common cereals. Quinoa seeds contain essential amino acids like lysine and acceptable quantities of calcium, phosphorus and iron.

The Qunioa is cooked well

2 Siu Pak Choy
1/2 Poached Egg
1/2 Avocado
3 Tbsp Quinoa
1 Chicken Breast

1. Marinated the Chicken Breast with Lerkin Sauce, dried Rosemary, Oregano, Basil, Thymes, Parsley and soak in fridge for overnight.
2. Next day, cool the marinated Chicken Breast and then cook it to grill for 30-45 minutes to be grilled well with Olive Oil.
3. Cook the egg and peel it off the skin, then sliced to 1/2 poached egg.
4. Cook the Siu Pak Choy with Olive Oil and the vegetable to cook well and fried the Avocado for a quick cook in 1 minute.
6. Cook Quinoa with 4-5 ml lukewarm water (depends how you cook it) to stir until Quinoa to be absorbed out well within 15 minutes.
5. Meanwhile the Quinoa is almost ready to be cooked well.
6. Get a clean plate and place the Qunioa first then Siu Pak Choy/Avocado with top Grilled Chicken Breast and granish with the Poached Egg with its Thousand Island Salad.
7. Enjoy your healthy diner.