Kids meal idea: Introducing quinoa!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is gaining popularity in Jamaica as a perfectly healthy substitute for starchy foods such as rice and dumplings. It is a nutritional powerhouse and is known as a complete protein -- meaning it has the perfect balance of all nine amino acids essential for human nutrition. This type of complete protein is rarely found in plant foods, though it's common in meats. Quinoa also offers a good dose of fibre and iron which help to support optimal digestive health.

Today we share a super easy, protein-rich quinoa burrito bowl recipe that both parents and children will love.

Quinoa burrito bowl


1 cup quinoa (cooked)

1/4 cup black beans (cooked)

1/2 cup shrimp*

2 tbsp corn

1/2 cup mixed greens

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp taco seasoning

2 tbsp grated cheddar cheese


1. Sauté shrimp and black beans in turmeric and taco seasoning in a shallow pan with oil. Cook until shrimp look opaque. Set aside and cool.

2. To cook quinoa, gently bring two cups of chicken broth to a boil. Add quinoa and salt to taste. Cook for five minutes or until all the water is absorbed, then fluff and set aside.

3. Place quinoa in a bowl and add mixed greens. Top with shrimp and black bean mixture.

*You may use other meat options such as Copperwood Pork boneless loin, tofu or chicken breast




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