Kaniwa from Roland Products, pronounced “Ka-nyi-wa”, is a staple grain of the ancient Aztec and Incan cultures whhich has been cultivated for thousands of years throughout South America.
The crunchy, earthy grain is loaded with protein and makes a complete meal when mixed with vegetables.
Roland Foods offers a wide variety of specialty foods from around the globe and was kind enough to send me this box of Kaniwa to try at home.
I have cooked with Quinoa in the past and I love it.
Kaniwa is similar to quinoa but seems to feel hardier and denser.
I gathered all the vegetables I could find and chopped them to equal size.
1 package of Grape tomatoes cut in half, 7 green onions, 1/2 of a red onion, 1 can of pinto beans, 2 cups of corn, 1 red pepper, 1/2 of a English cucumber, 1 bunch of cilantro,the juice of 3 limes, 1/4 cup of olive oil and salt to taste.
I garnished with avocado.
I put all of the chopped vegetables in a bowl, cooked the 12 oz. box ( about 2 cups ) of Kaniwa and added to the veggies.
I added it hot to the vegetables to bring them to peak flavor.
I find that adding hot grains to the veggies gives off just enough heat to liven the flavors.
I mixed everything then added the olive oil and the lime juice.
Serve and garnish with half an avocado.
Add salt to taste.
This was fantastic.
Everyone loved this vegan, protein rich meal which could also be great as a side dish with grilled salmon.
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