Pink and Purple Quinoa

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2011 08:04 Written by Flax Wednesday, 20 October 2010 04:28

What Beauutiful Colors!

After making green quinoa with my class last week, I decided to stay in color mode, especially after promising to make orange soup with them. This dish was inspired by Red Kuba Soup and I was really excited when it worked. While you can easily make this dish with rice, quinoa is a bit more resistant to color change. The purple color comes from the beets (and a little bit of pomegranate concentrate) and the pink comes from gozi berries.

Did I hear you say gozi what? Gozi berries are the latest fad in weight loss. Gozi berries have a high glycemic index which means that they raise your sugar level and keep it a high level for a relatively longer period of time than, say, chocolate cake. Does this mean that you’ll lose weight? That’s up to you. If you eat gozi berries and also eat chocolate cake as well than I’m going to have to say “not” but the gozi berries might stop you from wanting to eat the cake by making you think that you are not so hungry. As for myself however, I don’t really need to be hungry to eat chocolate cake but it is certainly worth trying.
Gozi berries are also slightly sour in flavor which means that they have a cleansing effect on the liver. Overall, while they don’t make the Top Ten Food List, they are still on my blog (the chocolate cake remains disappointed).


olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 large beet, chopped
1 tsp pomegranate concentrate
2 cups quinoa, rinsed
4 cups water
1 tsp gozi berries
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp turmeric
salt and pepper

yellow pepper, chopped
brocoli sprouts
shang mei mushrooms

Heat the olive oil in a 2 liter pot. Add the onion and saute for 3 minutes, add the beets and spices and saute for 3 more minutes. Add the water and the lemon juice and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the quinoa and the gozi berries and simmer until the water is almost completely absorbed. (About 10 minutes.) Remove from the flame, stir, and allow to stand covered for an additional 5 minutes.

Garnish with brocoli sprouts, shang mei mushrooms and yellow pepper

Serve warm. Serves 4-6



  1. Julie Waldman   |  Thursday, 21 October 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Where would I find Gozi Berries?

  2. Flax   |  Friday, 22 October 2010 at 10:36 am

    you can find gozi berries at the health food store, they look like raisins except that they are pink.


  3. Ima Omama   |  Monday, 25 October 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Your website is wonderful.
    I love the way love of food and healthly living, love of family and of life have all been brought together.
    Kol HaKavod.

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