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Christmas Quinoa

Glögg or mulled wine is a tradition in Scandinavia and a few other countries in Europe. Now it’s starting to come here in the US as well. Lucky us, we can find glögg mix at any Ikea in the US and you can drink it heated just as it is or add either vodka or red wine. It basically is a sweet and spiced drink. I found a recipe combining glögg and quinoa, so decided to try it out. It also contains red cabbage which I usually never know how to cook and arugula which makes this dish beautifully red and green. A perfect festive dish for Christmas. Quinoa is one of my favorite tasting grains not to forget all the great health benefits. It contains more iron than other grains, has high levels of potassium, riboflavin, magnesium, zinc, copper and folacin. It is a wonderful source of protein. Unlike other grains, it contains plenty of the amino acid lysine, as well as the other essential amino acids, so it provides a complete protein. It is a great kid food, not only because of these nutritional benefits, but also because of its light, nutty flavor.

Serves 1
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup glögg mix or mulled wine
1 tsp canola oil
1 cup chopped red cabbage
1 cup arugula
salt & pepper
Heat oil on medium heat in wok add vegetables and cook for about 1 minutes or so. Add glogg and quinoa and let simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper.

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