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Meatless Monday

I don’t know about you but whenever I hear about a “topic” (for lack of a better term) I’ve never heard of before, it seems that this new “topic follows me wherever I go.  For example, shortly before Christmas my daughter was diagnosed with an illness that I had never heard of before. What happens next, within two weeks three other children I know get the same illness.

The same goes for the latest new “topic” in my life.  While on campus last week I heard some students talking about quinoa. I had never heard of quinoa but a couple of days later the quinoa follows me to a conference and what appears in my inbox this morning….more QUINOA. I am taking this as a sign that my Meatless Monday post today should be on quinoa.

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Quinoa Nutrition facts

What is Quinoa?

Quinoa is known as a superfood, some people relate it to grain but it is actually a seed that comes from a plant most closely related to spinach. It is grown in the Andes mountains of South America.  The ancient Incas considered this plant sacred and called it “chisaya mama” which means ‘Mother of All Grains’. Quinoa grains are about the same size as millet, but flattened, with a pointed, oval shape. The color ranges from pale yellow through red and brown to black.

 These are the Nutrition facts and why it’s so good for you:

Quinoa is a great source of iron, manganese, potassium, riboflavin, copper, phosphorous, tryptophan, B6, niacin and thiamine.  One cup of cooked quinoa has only 220 calories.  It also has 5 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein.

Quinoa is stocked with life-sustaining nutrients all across the board, including all eight essential amino acids. There are other highly beneficial compounds, vitamins and minerals.

It is not surprising that it is being recommended for people who want to lose weight, for people who suffer from migraine, heart disease and atherosclerosis, for people with gluten sensitivity, for vegans, and basically for everyone who wants to eat healthy.

 How to Prepare:

Quinoa cooks very easily, in about 15 minutes. Like cooking rice in a stove top pot, you’ll want almost 2 cups of water per one part quinoa but be careful not to pour too much water in the pot, otherwise it will take even longer.

Cook quinoa at a high setting until it starts boiling and then cover and simmer for about 12-15 minutes. When you see the ring-shaped sprouts popping out, you’ll know the quinoa is almost ready. Stir the quinoa so all the water gets absorbed.

Quinoa by itself is rather bland, I like to add olive oil, bullion, and if you like spicy food as I do some chili pepper as it boils. Quinoa is fun to cook with and you can add anything you like to it, from veggies to poultry, or you could make it as a cereal with milk and cinnamon, you can incorporate it into dessert, it’s a chameleon.

Ok, so my veggie loving friends…can I buy quinoa at a restaurant? I would rather have someone prepare this for me so that I know what its supposed to taste like before I try to make it on my own. I definitely want my first quinoa experience to be a positive one.

Source: My Thin Eats


Wordless Wednesday (sort of)


Thanks to Rebecca Koch for this image.

Meatless Monday

WOW! I have seen this diner on the Food Network (my favorite channel).What an appropriate article for the benefits of a meatless diet.

The Heart Attack Grill’s  unhealthy menu includes burgers like the ‘Quadruple Bypass Burger.’ Diners at the restaurant wear hospital gowns, and the waitresses are dressed (barely) like nurses. The owner Jon Basso is called “Doctor.” And the restaurant’s slogan? “Taste Worth Dying For.”

Sadly, a diner has suffered a heart attack while eating at the Heart Attack Grill. According to the Huffington Post, the man was eating the ‘Triple Bypass Burger’ when he went into cardiac arrest. Because of the Grill’s theme, Basso and other customers thought it was a joke.

I wonder when this will all stop being a joke to the Heart Attack Grill. It wasn’t enough when their official spokesperson, Blair River, died at the age of 29,  last year. Maybe this latest news will do it.

Basso says he called 911 after realizing it was not a prank. “I actually felt horrible for the gentleman because the tourists were taking photos of him as if it were some type of stunt. Even with our own morbid sense of humor, we would never pull a stunt like that,” he said.

The man is reportedly alive and recovering.

Would you ever dine at a restaurant like this?


Wordless Wednesday

Happy Valentine’s Day


The Office of Sustainability would like to wish each of you a Happy Valentine’s Day. This day and every day make sure that you consider the environment in all of your daily activities. To find out if you’re a green Valentine take this short quiz sponsored by Planet Green. I got 8 out of 10 correct….not bad (considering I did some serious guessing).  What’s your score?


Feature Friday

Today’s feature is a Recyclemania giveaway. Remember LIFE University is participating in this eight week long recycling competition. To help reduce waste we’re giving away a pack of compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Because a CFL lasts 6 to 10 times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb you’ll be reducing waste, and saving time and effort in replacing burnt out bulbs. To enter the giveaway respond to this post by Monday, February 13, 2012  with the phrase “I live a Sustainable LIFE.”