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Because of the grain’s impressive amino acid profile, quinoa is a complete source of protein, unlike wheat or rice that must be combined with foods with complementary amino acids, such as beans, to create a complete protein meal. Plus, there’s good news for those suffering from celiac disease or wheat intolerances: Quinoa is gluten-free!
- In a medium sauté pan with a lid, warm oil over medium-high. Add onions and pepper and cook, stirring until soft, about 5 minutes. Add oregano and garlic, and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in quinoa, then pour in 2 cups water and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed and grains show opaque lines around the edges, about 12 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in peas and tomatoes. Cover pan again and let stand until vegetables are warmed through, about 5 minutes.
- Serving Size 1/2-cup sopa seca
- Calories 150
- Carbohydrate Content 23 g
- Cholesterol Content 0 mg
- Fat Content 4 g
- Fiber Content 4 g
- Protein Content 5 g
- Saturated Fat Content 0.5 g
- Sodium Content 55 mg
- Sugar Content 2 g
- Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
- Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g