Quinoa is an ancient seed that provides the body with a complete source of protein (all essential amino acids we require from food) which no other grain provides the body with. It also contains ALA (omega 3 fatty acid which is anti-inflammatory), Oleic Acid (a heart healthy monounsaturated fat), Antioxidants like quercetin and kaempferol and important minerals such as manganese, magnesium, copper, folate and zinc. Quinoa also provides a great source of fibre which will keep you feeling full for longer, less likely to snack on unhealthy foods and keep your digestion regular.
To support your overall health try and include quinoa as a breakfast porridge, superfood lunch bowl, or to replace white rice with your evening homemade curry. For this recipe I decided to replace white sushi rice with quinoa because it has a lower impact on blood sugar levels and will prevent the sugar crash experienced from processed or refined grains.
Next time you make sushi give quinoa a try, you won't be disappointed and your body will thank you for all of its health promoting qualities.
1. Place your nori sheet on a chopping board and then spread out 1/4-1/3 cup of cooked quinoa (may need to wet your hands to prevent the quinoa from sticking to them)
To make the cooked quinoa: Place 1 cup of quinoa in 1 1/2 cups of water, bring to boil then simmer until water is absorbed. You want the quinoa to be a bit sticky for the sushi so that is will stick to the nori sheets.