Thursday, August 05, 2010

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:
  1. Add lightly toasted sesame seeds and sea salt to cooked quinoa and serve as a side dish.
  2. 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.
  3. Instead of oatmeal for breakfast, top warm cooked quinoa with almond milk, fruit, and nuts or seeds.
  4. For meals that are usually served over rice or noodles, use quinoa instead.

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