Quinoa Goes Mainstream

by | Aug 2, 2007 | Archives

Our friend, Dr. Joe Spano, forwarded a quinoa recipe from the Mayoclinic.com.

Ecuadorians are noted as the longest lived people on earth. This in part is from Andean foods and nutritional habits that began long ago.

Since ancient times Andean Yatchaks, Shamans and Curanderos have taught healthy living supported by good nutrition. They based these healthy lifestyles on three ideals; clean food, good food combinations and a correct fat, carbohydrate and protein balance.

At El Meson de las Flores in Cotacachi, The Quinoa Café, celebrates the wisdom of the past and combines it with the unity of mankind. We serve special quinoa meals flavored by famous foods of the world.

The Cafe’s core bill of fare is Quinoa, often referred to as the Andean grain, a wonderful food, native to the Andes. Quinoa sustained the ancient Incas and has been grown continuously for over 5,000 years. The plant thrives in the high mountain terrain of South America’s Andes. Quinoa has been described as the supergrain. What makes quinoa special is that it has a very high protein content, more than any single grain. Plus unlike grain, Quinoa has the amino acid lysine, so the protein is complete. The World Health Organization ranks quinoa protein equivalent to milk. Quinoa offers more iron than grains and contains magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, potassium, riboflavin, thiamin, B vitamins: B6, niacin, magnesium, zinc, copper. It is also a good source of folate (folic acid).

Quinoa is delicious and can be substituted for almost any other grain so we can serve up delicious meals that are well known in the world and are naturally filled with protein, vitamins and high energy from the Andes. For example there is Quinoa Amazonia (Quinoa, Cocoa, Tropical fruit & Macadamian Nuts), Quinoa Paella Espanol (Shrimp, Corvina, Saffron, Chives, Bell Peppers and Onions), Quinoa Italiana (Organic Ground Beef and Marinara sauce), Quinoa Tabuli Middle Eastern (Feta Cheese, Olives, Tomatoes and Mint Drizzled in Olive Oil) , Quinoa North Americana (Chili, Ground beef, Tomatoes and Peppers), Quinoa Asian (Chinese Vegetables, Egg, Spring Onion and Chicken), Quinoa Andean (Yapangachos, Choclo and Cheese and Egg) and Quinoa Curry India (Cumin, Spices, Vegetables). (See our chef below.)

A lot of stress comes from poor nutrition. Eating Quinoa offers an optional, delicious food that can enhance your rest and boost your energy and health as well as reduce your weight without any feelings of giving up or not enjoying your food.

The most important investment we can make is in our health. Now many main stream health givers are recognizing the value of quinoa as evidenced by this recipe from the mayoclinic.com

“Recipe: Quinoa risotto with arugula and Parmesan

Dietitian’s tip: Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), native to Peru, is much like wheat. Its subtle nutty flavor pairs well with a wide range of seasonings. To serve this dish as a main course, double the portions.



1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 cup quinoa, well rinsed

2 1/4 cups vegetable stock or broth

2 cups chopped, stemmed arugula (rocket)

1 small carrot, peeled and finely shredded

1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


“In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and quinoa and cook for about 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Don’t let the garlic brown. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the quinoa is almost tender to the bite but slightly hard in the center, about 12 minutes. The mixture will be brothy. Stir in the arugula, carrot and mushrooms and simmer until the quinoa grains have turned from white to translucent, about 2 minutes longer. Stir in the cheese and season with the salt and pepper. Serve immediately.”

Until next message, may your health and wealth always be good.


We look at how to enhance your health and wealth at our next two International Investing and Business Made EZ courses.

Join us September 14 – 16, 2007 in North Carolina, https://garyascott.com/nccourse

Come visit us at our Blue Ridge farm during the September course. Enjoy its beauty. Here is a shot of our five perpetual lawn mowers grazing in the morning mists taken at the farm by one of our recent guests.

Or come to Ecuador November 9-11. See https://garyascott.com/catalog/IBEZec/

One reason we love Ecuador is all its natural beauty and adventure. Ecuador was named by National Geographic as one of the top ten 2007 adventure destinations. Here is a shot of Steve, our man in Ecuador, white water rafting on the Intag River in the Intag National Forest. Read the entire story in our latest Ecuador Living update. See how to get these updates at https://garyascott.com/catalog/ecrep/


Here is our schedule of Ecuadorian courses for the balance of 2007.

Sept. 26 – 30, Weds. – Sun. Condensed Super Thinking + Spanish with Free Oct 1 – Mon. Andes Extension & Real Estate Tour.

Nov. 9 – 11, Fri. – Sun. International Business & Investing Made EZ.

Nov. 12 – 14, Mon. – Weds. Andes Extension & Real Estate Tour.

Nov. 16 – 18, Fri. – Sun. Andean Shamanic Tour.