Home Care Nutrition: Quinoa Month

Home Care in Canandaigua NY

Home Care in Canandaigua NYCan you imagine a food that is not animal-based but that offers a complete source of protein, with 8 grams in just one serving, provides 5 grams of dietary fiber in one serving, is a great source of manganese, magnesium, copper, and other minerals, and is also highly versatile and incredibly delicious? This food is quinoa, and as Quinoa Month, March is the perfect time for you to find out more about this tasty ancient seed and learn about the many ways that you can make it a delicious part of your home care journey with your elderly parent.

Quinoa has been cultivated and eaten for thousands of years. It was once considered the “mother of all grains” even though it is technically not a grain, but a seed that is prepared and eaten in the same ways as traditional cereal grains such as oats and wheat. Earthy and mild in flavor, and toothsome in texture, quinoa is a fantastic healthier alternative to rice or pasta as a side or in soups and stews, and can be integrated into a wide variety of recipes to bump up the nutritional factor.

What You Will Need

  • 1/2 of a cup of red or white quinoa
  • 1/2 of a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 of a cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • A small handful of jarred roasted red peppers
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 of a cup of fresh mint leaves
  • 3 bunches of fresh flat leaf parsley
  • A pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • A sharp knife
  • A cutting board
  • A small saucepan
  • A small cast-iron skillet
  • A whisk
  • A small bowl
  • A large bowl

What to Do

  • Chop the parsley and mint leaves and put aside
  • Quarter the cherry tomatoes and put aside
  • Dice the English cucumber and put aside
  • Finely chop the roasted red peppers and put aside
  • Fill the small saucepan with 1 cup of water
  • Place the saucepan over high heat and bring it to a boil
  • Place the small cast iron skillet on medium high heat
  • Toast the quinoa until it begins to pop and has a nutty aroma
  • Remove the quinoa from the heat and add to the boiling water
  • Be careful that the pot water does not boil over
  • Turn the water down to a simmer
  • Cover and cook
  • Cook for between 12 and 15 minutes or until the water has absorbed into the quinoa and the quinoa is tender
  • Remove from the heat
  • Allow to cool
  • In the small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and the lemon juice
  • Add the 1/2 rounded teaspoon of salt, pepper and nutmeg
  • Whisk together until well combined
  • In a large bowl, combine the parsley with the mint, the cherry tomatoes, the cucumber, the roasted red pepper and the cooled and cooked quinoa
  • Pour the dressing over the entire salad
  • Toss to coat
  • Taste for seasoning and add pepper or salt as needed
  • Allow to sit for 5 minutes or as much as 24 hours before serving. The longer it sits, the more developed the flavor will become.


If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Canandaigua, NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and surrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.