Beth Baldino, MSW, CHHC
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Thai Quinoa

A simple method for getting a little “exotic” flavor that’s subtle enough to be enjoyed by even the more traditional eaters in your household


1 cup dry roasted quinoa*
2/3 cup coconut milk
1 cup water
½ cup red pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon of sesame oil
Pinch of salt


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  1. Rinse quinoa in fine mesh strainer. Bring water & coconut milk to a boil. Add quinoa, garlic, salt & chili flakes.
  2. Bring back to boil & reduce heat. Cook for 12-15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in red pepper, sesame oil, and salt.

Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash w/ Cherries


½ cup quinoa, cooked
2 medium acorn squash, halved and seeded
½ cup walnuts, chopped
½ cup dried cherries
2 tablespoons barley malt (a gentler sweetener)
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Grapeseed oil (or another vegetable oil)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil the squash
  2. Mix warm quinoa, barley malt, walnuts, cherries and cinnamon.
  3. Stuff each squash half with the mixture.
  4. Bake in a covered dish for 45 minutes or until squash is tender.

Quinoa w/ figs, proscuitto, & mint

For the meat lovers in your life. A little proscuitto never hurt anyone (as my Italian grandmother used to say, emphasis on “little” is mine)


1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
2 oz sliced prosciutto, finely chopped
3 dried Calmyrna figs, stems removed and coarsely chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint leaves
2 tbsp pine nuts
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste


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  1. Rinse the quinoa under cold water in a fine strainer to remove any bitter residue. Combine the quinoa and water in a medium-size saucepan and bring to a boil.

Recipe: Quinoa Mexican-style with Black Beans & Corn

Quinoa is considered to be a “superfood,” having such a well balanced amino acid profile that it is considered a complete protein. It is also a very good source of manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorous. This makes it a great food for those who suffer from migraines, diabetes, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. It is also a rich source of fiber, which can provide protection against a variety of cancers, gallstones and diabetes.

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