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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

All About Quinoa

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah)

These small, round, and beige-colored seeds soften when cooked, almost resembling caviar in texture. It is a good alternative to rice because of its lightness.  

Quinoa is a high-protein grain that contains all 8 essential amino acids. It's high in fiber, magnesium, and iron; plus it's gluten-free. And suprisingly, quinoa is as delicious as it is nutritious.

Each 1/4 cup of quinoa has 160 calories, 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.

The tiny seeds, about the size of pellets of couscous, cook in about 20 minutes. The only special handling required with quinoa is to give it a good rinse before cooking; otherwise, the grains can be bitter.

Basic cooking instructions: Soak quinoa in warm water for 5 minutes. Wash, drain and rinse several times. Add 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups boiling water. Return to boil, lower heat and simmer until water is absorbed and serve.

Experiment with this ancient and delicious grain.  Quinoa is becoming more and more popular because of the health benefits.  Check back soon for more recipes using this delicious grain.

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