QUINOWA? ...Aha Quinoa!

On an early Sunday morning I drifted off to The West Cafe in Williamsburg and stumbled upon a charming event called Gracious Gourmand's Waffle Brunch. Ayinde Howell was the featured chef preparing menu items such as Country Cinnamon Waffles, Mac & Yease and Habenero Quinoa Hash. Of course with my appetite I took my share of each item on the menu but was especially charmed by the Habenero Quinoa Hash. Quinoa has a creamy taste, crunchy bite and fluffy nature. It's easily added to any meal and preparation is as simple as rice or pasta. Who could resist?

Quinoa is rich in protein content. In fact, it is a complete protein as it contains all the essential amino acids, especially lysine, which is required by the body to grow and repair tissues. If you're also an active dancer you understand the aches and pains that come with this lifestyle. A staple grain with these healing properties are crucial and provide the necessary tools our bodies need to sustain such an energy dependent form of expression. Finding healthy, friendly alternatives is really that simple.

Ayinde Howell's Habeñero Quinoa Hash

Quinoa the mother seed, all spicy and sassed up with pepper, cumin, cilantro, and Ayinde's secret spices!