Monday, June 28, 2010

Why is Quinoa so Great???

Quinoa has a very high amount of protein and its set of all nine essential amino acids makes it a complete protein. It has a high fiber content and is high in magnesium and iron. For all of you out there who know someone who is gluten-intolerant, it is gluten-free! Surprisingly, quinoa is not actually a grain. It is more closely related to green leafy vegetables like spinach.

Quinoa is very easy to prepare (just like rice) and can be served in any recipe where you would use rice. It is DELICIOUS! So, how do you prepare it?

Bring 1 C quinoa and 2 C water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Really, it's that easy! You can actually mix it with Bulgar wheat, as the picture above shows. The picture shows Mel's Quinoa Fajitas, a recipe in my cookbook. It is my sister-in-law's recipe and it is SO GOOD!

Stay tuned...tomorrow I'm going to give you a recipe that uses quinoa flour...

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