That’s what I said to myself when I started seeing recipes online using this unfamiliar grain. I never heard of it before this year.
Researching a bit on the internet I discovered it’s a super grain that’s apparently not a grain at all. It’s related to spinach! WHFood.com lists quinoa in their top World’s Healthiest food list because of it’s high in protein, magnesium, iron and it’s low in calories. One half cup cooked has about 110 calories, 4 g of fat and 5 g of fiber.
So when I saw it at Trader Joe’s a few months ago. I was ecstatic to try it but I wasn’t inspired until seeing Kathy’s QUINOA BLACK BEAN SALAD. Then it smacked me across the face, “Oh! yea you have this new cool stuff to try in the pantry, what are you waiting for?!?”. Yes I really do get that excited! ;~P
And I’m SO glad I did! This stuff is AWESOME! It had a mild favor absorbing anything you cook it in. I can see it has a side dish, in soups, stews, salads. Man! The possibilities are endless! Tonight I used it in my Pinto Chicken and Quinoa crock pot idea and it completed the stew nicely.
Now I know I’m a latecomer the quinoa party. Where are my veterans? What do you like about it? How do you use it? Do you have any favorite recipes you can share?
Please share, this inquiring mind wants to know! (and I’m sure others)
Oh! and in case you are wondering quinoa is pronounced keen-wah or kee-noh–uh according to dictionary.com.