Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Quinoa and Red Kidney Beans

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Quinoa, nature's perfect protein, is delicious. Unfortunately, it's a bit expensive, so we try not to buy it too frequently.  But when we do, it doesn't stay in the house long.  This was something that I had tried when the director of the program I teach invited us over to her house for a Christmas party.  She is gluten-intolerant, and this was one of the dishes she had prepared.  Now, every time I make it, I recall that moment when I had first tried it.  It is a bit strange how certain foods and smells can bring you to a frame of mind that you had years past, and it's interesting how you cannot rationalize when it does and does not occur.

Anyways, this is simple and a great, delicious meal-- especially if you're a first-time quinoa eater.

1 tsp vegetable oil
1 white onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1(15 ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic and saute for 3-5 minutes.

Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with vegetable broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.

Stir frozen corn into the saucepan, and continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through.

Mix in the red kidney beans and cilantro and again simmer until heated thoroughly.  Serve warm!

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