“Quin- WHAT?” Quinoa is a food I was introduced to a few years ago by a dear friend who was teaching me new ways to eat and other things to improve my health. I had no idea this grain (seed) even existed let alone how to say it. It is one amazing seed that I think we all should incorporate into our diets.So how do you pronounce it anyway?
What are the benefits?
|Looks kinda like rice, but round and has a little curly thing inside.|
How do you make it?
- Wash quinoa well before cooking to remove the bitter saponin that coats it. Some quinoa will come per-washed, but I always rinse mine.
- Place the quinoa in the pan you are going to cook it in and cover it with water and lightly scrub with your hands for about 10 seconds.
- Using a fine strainer (the seeds are very small) strain out the water and run fresh water over it until the water runs clear.
- Place the quinoa back into your pan and add water. Two cups of water or stock to 1 cup quinoa.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
How do you eat it?
- As versatile as rice, quinoa can be substituted for rice, millet, or even pasta in any recipe.
- Use it as a hot cereal, adding some cinnamon, nuts, fruit or maple syrup. (Now that is a good breakfast!)
- It makes a great salad. (Add cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, pumpkin seeds and your favorite salad dressing) YUM, YUM!
Where do you get QUINOA?
- Quinoa can be purchased in most grocery stores and will be located usually in the rice section. Some stores even sell it bulk, like Winco, Good Earth and (my favorite store in Utah) Whole foods. Costco sells a bag of organic quinoa that I really like. You can also get this brand here.
- There are three varieties of quinoa. The most common variety of quinoa comes in off-white shades known as ‘white quinoa’. Other varieties that are popular include the red and black quinoa. Both types offer more or less the same nutritional benefits that I have read into. I have found the red quinoa to be more expensive, so I lean toward the white.
I hope this has broadened your horizons a little bit with food and has given you some more options of what there is out there that is NUTRITIONAL, EASY TO FIX and TASTY!
My dear friend, that I spoke of earlier, is an author of several books that I love. I use these books frequently in my kitchen, as they are great resources.These books are full of helpful information about the benefits, where the foods grow, how to use them, how to buy them, etc. I have more information about my favorite here.