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Ecuador Quinoa Recipe


Ecuador quinoa recipes are a specialty of our chef, Santiago, at our hotel Meson de las Flores.

Here is Santiago with a quinoa cake he often bakes to welcome our course delegates to Ecuador.

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Santiago and Meson will be on Ecuador’s national TV March 9th.

Ecuador’s rich soil, 365 a days of sun adds to the nutrition of the food grown here.

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Quinoa is one Andean food, a high protein grain…the only complete vegetable protein. Here is quinoa in the field…

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and harvested.

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Quinoa is a high protein replacement for rice or most cooked cereals.

Nicki Goff, a good friend, neighbor of ours in Cotacachi and  a graduate of our publishing course, just wrote about quinoa.

First, she wrote this:

Gary, Your writing course is being put to good use! I’ve articles on ezinearticles.com as well as hubpages so far, trying to make one post
per day. My plans are to continue writing, with a blog in the near
future focused on all aspects of healthy diet.

I loved reading this.  You can get this writing course free when you subscribe to our internet course, Tangled Web.  Learn how to enroll here

See how to have the $299 Tangled Web course free also below.

Here are excerpts from Nicki’s Quinoa article.

Introduction to Quinoa

Quinoa (keen-wah) has its origins in the high upper Andes. The Incas credited quinoa with medicinal and magical properties, and held the crop to be sacred, referred to quinoa as “chisaya mama” or “mother of all grains”. The Inca emperor would traditionally sow the first seeds of the season using ‘golden implements’. It has been in continuous cultivation in Colombia. Ecuador. Peru, Bolivia. Chile and Argentina for over 6000 years. Both the seeds and the young leaves can be used as food.

During the European conquest of South America quinoa was scorned by the Spanish colonists as “food for Indians,” and its cultivation and use was actively suppressed, due to its status within indigenous ceremonies. Today, it is returning to commercial favor as a grain in these countries, although it still shares first place with corn as the primary indigenous grain.

Quinoa is close to being a perfect food source in the balance of nutrition it provides. Not a grain but a seed, quinoa is related to the leafy vegetables, Swiss chard and spinach.

Quinoa is an excellent source of protein – 12% to 18%, one of the best sources of complete protein in the vegetable kingdom. Quinoa is a source of all essential amino acids, including the amino acid lysine which helps the body produce protein. Lysine also helps the body process the protein in the quinoa and in other foods. The World Health Organization has rated the quality of protein in quinoa to be equivalent or superior to that found in milk products.

Quinoa is a great source of B vitamins, potassium and riboflavin. It’s also a good source of zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin E and fiber.

Mango Quinoa Salad

This is my all-time favourite quinoa recipe. It serves 4 as a side dish or 2 as a main dish.

* 1 cup quinoa
* 2 cups water
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 mango
* 1/2 cup cucumber
* 1/4 cup blanched almonds
* 2 tablespoon roasted pumpkin seeds

Dressing:

* 1 teaspoon Ghee (clarified butter)
* 1 teaspoon turmeric
* 1 lime or half a lemon, juiced
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Wash quinoa and boil in water for 10 minutes, Let sit until quinoa absorbs all the water. Fluff with a fork and let it cool to room temperature.

Peel the mango and cut into cubes. Dice the cucumber, and add to mango along with the almonds and pumpkin seeds.

To make the dressing, heat Ghee in a small pan and fry with turmeric for 30 seconds, then let it cool. Add the lemon or lime juice. Mix in olive oil, cilantro, salt and pepper.

Add the cooled quinoa to the mango mixture, pour the dressing over the salad, and toss.

Chilean Quinoa Tabouleh

* 2 cups Quinoa
* 4 cups water
* 1/4 tsp salt
* 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
* 5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
* 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
* 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
* 2 tsp minced garlic
* 1 cup fresh corn kernels, cooked
* 1 cup finely chopped red onion
* 4 plum tomatoes cut into (1/2-dice)
* 1 cup diced (1/2 inch) cucumbers
* 1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice

Place Quinoa in a medium-sized pan, add the water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until the liquid is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes. The Quinoa should be translucent. Remove from heat and fluff it with a fork. Transfer the Quinoa to a large bowl and cool to room temperature.

Sprinkle the quinoa with the salt and pepper and stir, folding from underneath the grains. Fold in 4 tablespoons of the lemon juice and the oil. Gently fold in the cilantro and garlic. Toss the avocado with remaining tablespoon of lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Fold the corn, onion, tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado into the Quinoa. Adjust the seasonings to taste. Serve at room temperature within 2 hours of preparation. Serves 8 to 10.

You can read Nicki’s entire article on quinoa with more recipes including Quinoa Salad Pita Pockets and Crunchy Quinoa Peanut Butter Cookies.

Quinoa is also great with fruit and we have just about every kind here in Ecuador.

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Almost all of the time most fruits are really ripe…

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These are some shots I took at the daily Cotacachi market.  I large bag of pears is $1.

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These huge, syrupy mangos maybe 25 cents each.

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Huge papays $1.

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and tropical fruits I cannot even name…but…

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each is fresh, ripe and delicious.

I think many of our delegates come here just to eat!

Until next message, may all of your food be healthy and a treat!

Join us in Cotacachi or the coast for our March or June tour.

Enjoy the holidays festivities in March.

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March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

March 16-19 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

On the import-export course we’ll look at hundreds of Ecuador crafts.

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We’ll visit properties for sale like this excellent hotel with huge gardens in central Otavalo.

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June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

We’ll enjoy numerous shamanic ceremonies.

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On the real estate tours you’ll see property available nowhere else because sellers come to us first since we charge no commissions.  Here is one of the Vistaazul condo blocks.  totally purchased by our readers at a rock bottom price because they were sold without commission.

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Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one. $1,349 for two

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one. $1,799 for two

We have great social times n our tours as well.  Delegates love sharing with one another. Here is one of our groups enjoying a coffee break in the courtyard of Meson de las Flores.

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Future 2009 Ecuador courses:

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However if you sign up for any three of our in person courses below, you can have The Tangled Web course free.

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July 3-6 Ecuador Import Export Expedition
July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Cotacachi Health Food


A lot of the food in Cotacachi is health food… in a natural way.

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This is not to say that all the food in Cotacachi is organic.  Many farmers use chemicals. What you can say and can see from this local Cotacachi food market… is that most of the food is local and fresh.

The fruits and vegetables you buy each day were just picked.  Plus you can buy it from the farmers who grew it!

The mission statement of our business is to provide interesting, useful information about ways to invest, do business and live globally  (especially in Ecuador) that helps improve our reader’s lives.

Yet there is an overlaying focus on how to attain better health… naturally… because… what good is money… or a successful business… if you are dead… or suffering poor health… pain… or spending all your hard earned cash on hospitals and pharmaceuticals?

Good health is a pillar… an underlying foundation… an essential ingredient that affects every aspect of  investing, business and life.

Yet the health system in North America is imbalanced.

Former Secratary of State Colin Powell has invested, along with Steve Case, the founder of AOL in a company (Revolution Health Group) with a mission to give the people more choice of  health care options and reduce health care costs.

The business is built around a portal site that provides members with data on health care price and quality, as well as information on medical conditions, diet, exercise and medications, with an emphasis on preventive health care.

Powell often says: There’s no part of American life right now that is more in need of imagination and new ideas than health care.

I agree. This is why we work to assure that the Cotacachi food we serve helps mprove health.

One can reduce health care costs autometically with good  eatingbecause nutrition is such an mportant part of the good health balance.

Our efforts seem to work.   Merri and I certainly enjoy good health, vitality and energy eating in Cotacachi.

Guests who visit our hotel, Meson de las Flores, report that they feel better, lose weight and inches without trying.

This is not a nutritional mystery.   The Cotacachi diet eliminates junk food.

Cotacachi health food is just what one should eat rather than fast and highly processed food.

For example at the coffee breaks during our seminars the hotel serves juice instead of caffinated, carbonated beverages.

Here is one of Eduardo’s specialties… fresh mango and alfalfa juice… with gooseberries.  This is absolutely delicious… and things do not go better with Coke! Fresh juice is healthier.

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Here are some typical breaks that these delegates at a recent Cotacachi International Business and Investing Course enjoyed.

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Quinoa jello.

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Fresh non fermented cheese and quinoa bread.

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Fresh squeesed mango juice and blackberries.

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The fact the food is served by sweet,  caring people, with real smiles and laughter, also helps us feel better.

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Here is our Maitre’d Euardo with his helper Jose.

Eduardo hand squeezes the juices each morning. He also makes the butter from local cream.

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He even inspected the local dairies to see which had the richest grass.   There is an organic cheese factory nearby also that makes its own Swiss cheese.  For those who like wine the owner of the cheese factory also runs an Organic Vineyard nearby.

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If you want to really know your food source, you can visit and watch these cows being milked.

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Eduardo also hand makes the mornng breakfast marmalade… offering some wonders… mango… papaya… pineapple… blackberry… even carrot and beet marmalade which are really delicious.

The farm land in the area is rich.

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Even the murals in town depict that this is a place where stuff grows!  Here is a shot of a mural over our local Cotacachi grocery store.

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The staff bring in the produce… vegetables and fruit almost daily.  Here is Consuelo.. our food server.. bringing in greens for one of the regular delicious soups.

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Hotel Manager Franklin looks after the food as well.

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Santiago, our chef, specializes in high protein meals replacing rice with quninoa…the complete protein Andean grain.  Here is Santiago in the bodega going through the vegetables of the day.

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With the help of sous chef Alerto… they generate some incredible meals like this quinoa shrmp and avacado dish.

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Here is Alberto making one of his great soups.

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Lunch is served with a different soup every day …

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then a main course with fish, meat or fresh cheese (for vegetarians) along with vegetables and salad, makes the main course.

Attention is given to every aspect of the meal…even condiments. No catsup here! Instead Eduardo makes a special tomato sauce served like this.

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Even desert gets special, personal attention.  Here is Eduardo hand making the ice cream and sherberts from fersh ingredients.

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Enhancing the good nutrition, Cotacach invites you outside to walk and see the views.  Here is a shot from our bedrom window of Mt. Cotacachi.

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The streets are wonderfully brick paved and traffic is controlled so you can wak in safety and peace!  Here is one of the main waking streets.

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Add these simple things up… no junk food.   Fresh whoelsme balanced meals.  More walking… fresh air.   Suddenly our guests feel better without trying… without discipline… without feeling deprived.   This is not rocket science… just a way life we used to have in he USA and Canada… that remains here, today in Cotacachi.

Until next message may your heath and food be naturally good.

Gary

Join us in Cotacachi in February when our courses focus on how you can have better health and wealth.

Merri, our webmaster and I have created a new course on how to build a web business with a webmaster.  Here is a special offer on this new course.

You can enroll in this special course for $299. However if you sign up for all three courses in February or March 2009, I will send it to you free. You save $299.

Sheri Clary will be at our February courses and available for consultations about bio-identical hormones. Our February Cotacachi schedule is:

Join Merri, me and Blaine Watson, plus enjoy a shamanic ceremony in the Cotacachi Shamanic Valley. Feb 9-11 Beyond Logic Keys to More Wealth & Better Health

Join Merri, me and Peter Laub of Jyske Global Asset Management at OUR INTERNATIONAL INVESTING & BUSINESS COURSE IN ECUADOR. We review economic conditions, Ecuador real estate, my entire portfolio plus investing and business ideas for the months ahead. Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ

Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

March 16-19 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Bob Shane will be at our March courses and will be available to provide health balancing.

Get our web based course FREE if you join us in Ecuador this February or March.

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two

Future 2009 courses

May 29-31  JGAM Global Asset Strategy Seminar

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 3-6     Ecuador Import Export Expedition
July 8-9    Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11     IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8    IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour