Quick Cooking Quinoa

Quinoa is pronounced keen-wa), and is a grain that comes from South America.

It is an ancient super food of the Inca civilization, known as the mother grain.



Quinoa contains  more protein than any other grain.  It is a great source of fiber and loaded with many vitamins and minerals such as heart-healthy folate, vitamin E, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and selenium.  It is one of the few grains that is a complete protein.

Serving Size:  1/4 cup dry (42g)                   
Calories         172             

Total Fat            2.8g                                 

Saturated Fat   0g                        
Trans Fat         0g                       
Cholesterol          0mg                  
Sodium                 1mg                   
Carbohydrate   31g                    

Dietary Fiber     3g                          
Sugars             3g                      
Protein              6g         


How to prepare quinoa

Rinse off quinoa in a paper towel lined strainer.  They contain saponins (contain a bitter flavor) on their outer cover.

Similar to rice use a 2:1 ratio – 2 cup water to 1 cup water and bring to a boil.

Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until all the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes).


More recipes to come!  I did see a really cool recipe for quinoa in Everyday with Rachel Ray magazine – I will try it out and let you know!