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)
Total Fat 2.8g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Dietary Fiber 3g
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!