QUINOA! QUINOA! QUINOA! QUINOA!
I know, anything marketed as a ‘SuperFood’ always makes me cautious because they’ll say anything to get you to buy it. BUT quinoa is just delicious.
Quinoa is also marketed as an Ancient Grain.. But it’s a seed. I read it’s actually related to spinach and beetroot.. Cray right?
The deliciousness that is Quinoa is:
– High in protein
– Good source of Dietary Fiber
– High in Iron
– High in Magnesium
– Good source of Phosphorus
– Good Source of Calcium
– Gluten Free
– Contains Some Essential Amino Acids
Not that I am an expert but it all sounds pretty good to me.
It’s available from most supermarkets.. usually in the health food section or where they keep all the gluten free stuff. I guess you could say it’s pretty expensive but It doesn’t take much to fill you up. And I think it’s totally worth it.
There are even different colours! Red, White and Black. I don’t know why but I tend to go for the red quinoa over the others.
Here are some way’s I like to mung out on it:
– Sprinkled on my muesli – although cooked it is much better.
– Soak it in cold water for 2 – 4 hrs and it should start to sprout (when you boil it it sprouts too.. the sprouting is what increases it’s nutritional value) and toss it in salads.
– Substitute for Rice
– Boil it and add it to omelets or scrambled eggs
– I have a recipe for the goodness that is Quinoa Casserole! So surprisingly delicious..
That’s just a few ideas, but it’s pretty versatile and there are some amazing recipe’s out there.
Just a reminder to rinse or wash the quinoa before preparing it.. just like you do with rice. There are some Saponins on the quinoa that are quite bitter and every packet I have ever bought says to rinse or wash it.. so I do.
Do you eat Quinoa? If so, how do you incorporate it into your meals?