Quinoa (pronounced "keen-wa") is a grain that frequently shows up on "super foods" lists. While it may not actually give you super powers, I do love it because it is high in protein (considered a "complete protein" because it contains all nine essential amino acids), iron, complex carbohydrates, B vitamins, zinc, and magnesium. Also, it cooks in only about 15 minutes!
If you haven't ever eaten quinoa, I encourage you to give it a try this week! You can buy it at most grocery stores (it is also frequently available in bulk) or even at Costco.
Here are four ideas to get you started:
- Add lightly toasted sesame seeds and sea salt to cooked quinoa and serve as a side dish.
- Toss cooked and cooled quinoa with a bit of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, pepper, and your favorite veggies for a great grain salad or green salad topper.
- Instead of oatmeal for breakfast, top warm cooked quinoa with almond milk, fruit, and nuts or seeds.
- For meals that are usually served over rice or noodles, use quinoa instead.