Congratulations to Susan of Holly Grove Kitchen for winning the Noodle challenge for October. I can never resist mushrooms and I am excited to try this Mushroom and Noodle Soup.
I will be hosting the November edition of No Croutons Required. This month the challenge is to come up with a soup or salad featuring the mighty quinoa. Known to the ancient Incans as the "mother of all grains," quinoa is not really a cereal grass but is used just like a grain, with the important difference that is contains a food value that no grain can match. With an almost perfect balance of essential amino acids, quinoa is an unusually complete source of proteins in the plant kingdom, and is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, B vitamins and vitamin E. And as simple and almost as quick to cook as white rice, the light and fluffy texture and delicately sweet and nutty flavour of cooked quinoa makes it a tasty and healthy alternative in a variety of grain recipes.