Do You Cook With Quinoa?

26 04 2010

I recently took a trip to Kansas City with my mom and while we were there I was served something I’d never seen before under my seared Ahi Tuna, the menu said it was called Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) and it was DELICIOUS!!!!

Apparently it only used to be available in health food stores, but now its become more mainstream, popping up in local supermarkets (I found it in mine).  Quinoa is usually thought to be a grain, but it is actually a seed.  And what a seed it is.

It is a perfect protein, it provides the body with all nine essential amino acids!  One cup of cooked quinoa contains 8g of protein (more than twice that found in other grains!!!) as well as iron, magnesium, vitamin E, zinc, potassium, fiber, copper, phosphorus, selenium, maganese, magnesium, tryptophan and lignans.  Because of this, studies show that quinoa helps promote digestive health, may prevent certain types of cancer, is full of antioxidants that can help prevent and repair free radical damage and can help with weight loss.

As if all that good stuff wasn’t reason enough to eat quinoa, another reason is that it can eaten as a savory or a sweet item.  For savory mix in your favorite veggies and a protein, and for sweet use it as a breakfast cereal and top with bananas or your other favorite sweet toppings 🙂

So have you cooked with it yet? And if not are you interested in trying it?

I’ll post some yummy quinoa recipes in the future, you can count on it.

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