Eating Healthy QA: Best Ways To Cook Quinoa


    Q: What’s the scoop on quinoa? Why is it so popular right now and what are some good recipes for cooking it?

    A: Quinoa is a delicious grain-like seed with a nutty flavor that is the only complete protein in the plant world (e.g. it has all the amino acids needed to comprise a complete protein). It’s delicious when cooked and tossed with a little olive oil and seasoned with some kosher salt and pepper. Add some to your salad or serve as a side with a squeeze of fresh lemon. I have a delicious Spicy Lemon Quinoa Salad recipe in my cookbook, Great Food Starts Fresh, that’ll knock your socks off!

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    Chef Nathan Lyon is known for his simple, innovative cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. In addition to his schooling at Le Cordon Bleu and cooking in restaurants, Nathan attributes his culinary education to the 10 years that he worked with California farmers at farmers markets. Nathan was the host of the first season of Good Food America. He is also the chef and co-host of Growing A Greener World (PBS), creator and host of A Lyon in the Kitchen (Discovery Health and Fit TV), among the final four on the second season of The Next Food Network Star, and is a Sustainable Seafood Ambassador with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He recently came out with his very first cookbook, Great Food Starts Fresh, which has been quoted by Alice Waters and Graham Kerr, in addition to other esteemed chefs. Great Food Starts Fresh is a seasonal cookbook featuring 135 recipes broken down into the 5 seasons: spring, summer, autumn, winter, and… chocolate!