Quinoa with Peas and Parmesan
Quinoa is an ancient South American grain, often called a 'superfood' because of its high content of protein, fiber, iron, and amino acids. It can be used almost anywhere you would use rice. It is gluten-free, with a mild nutty flavor, and a slightly chewy texture. This recipe is a great cold-weather comfort food--it is creamy, rich, and hearty.
If your quinoa does not say "pre-rinsed" on the package, pour the quinoa into a large bowl and cover with water. Stir it and allow it to soak while preparing the other ingredients. This step is very important, as quinoa contains saponins, which can make it taste bitter or soapy if not well cleaned. Drain before using.