Here is Santiago with a quinoa cake he often bakes to welcome our course delegates to Ecuador.
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.
Quinoa is one Andean food, a high protein grain…the only complete vegetable protein. Here is quinoa in the field…
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
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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
* 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.
Almost all of the time most fruits are really ripe…
These are some shots I took at the daily Cotacachi market. I large bag of pears is $1.
These huge, syrupy mangos maybe 25 cents each.
Huge papays $1.
and tropical fruits I cannot even name…but…
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.
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.
We’ll visit properties for sale like this excellent hotel with huge gardens in central Otavalo.
We’ll enjoy numerous shamanic ceremonies.
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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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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