Great news! The Fall 2018 Body Sass® Cleanse Group Program is waiting patiently for your registration so that you can re-set your health, weight, digestion, and energy! This 21-Day Cleanse Group fun is from September 8 – 28 and registration closes in a week! There’s no time to waste and you deserve this important self-care. Click HERE to find out aaalllll about the Cleanse and what it can do for you, and get yo’self registered.

A staple for many folks on the Cleanse – and often foreverafter because it’s so darn easy, yummy, and flexible – is QUINOA. A few years back, I sent you a love note with a yummy recipe for Ruby Red Salad that includes quinoa as an ingredient. That ended up being a popular dish in our community of fantabulous Food Sass® aficionados. I also shared with you, in that post, my top three reasons to love quinoa:

  1. Quinoa is a complete protein, which is rare for a plant source of protein. “Complete protein” means it contains all of the essential amino acids, which are the ones we can’t manufacture ourselves in our body.
  2. Quinoa is helpful for aiding in weight loss because it has a high concentration of nutrients combined with an ability to expand in our bodies…keeping us satiated (feeling full). Remember though: it’s still a starch, so moderation is a good approach. A one-third cup serving per day is plenty.
  3. Quinoa is delicious, inexpensive, and easy to make. Okay, that was really three reasons in one line, but there is SO much about quinoa to love. Enjoy!

And all of that is awesome and yummy and nutritious. However. I have found that so many folks get turned off about quinoa because the instructions on the package are – well – inferior! There’s just no nice way to say it because most folks find those instructions leave them with a food that is tolerable-ish…kinda bland and a bit soggy. We’re not about “tolerable” around here; we’re about splendiferously scrumptious! And so, today you are the recipient of the secret recipe to make kick-ass quinoa.

  1. Put 1-2 tsp. avocado oil in small saucepan and place heat on medium.
  2. Using a mesh strainer, rinse 1 cup quinoa under cold water, and then put into the saucepan.
  3. Sauté quinoa for 5 minutes, stirring every minute or so, until you notice a fragrant “nutty” smell.
  4. Add 1 and 1/4 cup water, stir, and turn heat on high to bring to boil.
  5. Then turn to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Voila! You can now joyously use it in stir-fries, or top it with loads of chopped fresh parsley, or make quinoa tabouli, or whip up a heavenly soup. Enjoy!

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With love & quinoa awesomeness,
Laurie