Have You Tried Quinoa?

Quinoa has been around for thousands of years, but has experienced new found popularity as a must-try health food. I’m all about eating healthy so I decided to give it a try for dinner the other night.

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a seed from a grain-like crop called Chenopodium. Quinoa originated in the Andes region and was cultivated by the ancient Incas. It’s great for vegetarians or anyone who wants to eat less meat because it is high in protein. It is also cholesterol free, gluten free and high in amino acids.

Quinoa seeds are generally cooked the same way as other whole grains such as rice or barley. Bring water to a boil, cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. It has a fluffy texture when cooked and a slight nutty flavor.

I had leftover chicken in the fridge, along with some broccoli and cucumber, so I decided to whip up a quick stir fry. The quinoa has a bland taste, similar to rice, so I would suggest adding some kind of topping to the stir fry like soy sauce or cheese.

I would definitely eat it again. You can’t beat those health benefits! I’ve seen recipes for quinoa salads, pancakes, muffins and even cereal! It truly is a food that goes with everything and you can add it to any of your favorite recipes.

  • Gordon Goede

    Quinoa is a great source of protein for Bariatric patients. I found it when trying to find a good and easy to prepare source for protein after my surgery. I add it to almost every side dish I eat, every salad, and even put cooked Quinoa into the Crisp of Apple Crisp.

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