Who Has Heard of Quinoa???
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a gluten free grain that originated in the Adean civilization. Although it has been around since at least 3,000 B.C. it is not very well known in North America.
Quinoa is a complete protein which means that it contains all 8 essential amino acids needed for tissue development. Quinoa is often commented on as the best protein source from the plan kingdom. Grains such as barley, corn, and rice have less than half the protein of quinoa. This seeds that comes from a leafy green plant is also full of calcium, iron, and vitamins.
Cooking with quinoa is fast and easy. Try it in casseroles, soups, stews, stir-fries, or even as a side dish/cold salad. Check this recipe out from Rachel Ray.
I challenge you to try something new!!! Let me know what you think!!!
Quinoa can be found in most stores under the health foods section.
Herbed Quinoa Recipe - Every Day with Rachael Ray