Saturday, February 4, 2012


Quinoa, pronounced as KEEN-WAH, is actually a seed, not a grain - a common misconception. However, it is prepared and used in the same manner as rice or couscous.

Once prepared, Quinoa is light and fluffy, making it fun to eat!  It is about the same size of couscous, brown in color and has a slight nutty flavor.

Since Quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids, it is considered a complete protein source.  It also provides a good source of fiber, phosphorus, magnesium and iron.  Plus, Quinoa is gluten-free and is very easy to digest.

Preparation is super simple and quick! 

Cover 1 cup of Quinoa with 2 cups water or vegetable broth, bring to a boil, cover & reduce to simmer, cook for 15 minutes.  Let sit for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.  Add seasonings and veggies to enhance!  Toasted pine nuts and caramelized onions are an excellent compliment to this tasty treat.

Try it!

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