If you haven’t heard of Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) yet, be sure to start looking for it. It is delicious and said to be the supergrain of the future. Half of a cup of quinoa has 8 complete proteins and 5 grams of fiber!
- It is a complete protein. Yes, it contains all 9 essential amino acids. This is rare in the plant world.
- It contains nearly 2x as much fiber as any other grain.
- It’s Gluten Free! It isn’t related to wheat or even grain. It’s technically considered a seed and related to spinach, chards and beets. For people following a gluten-free diet, quinoa flour is a great alternative when baking.
- It acts as a prebiotic, which feeds the good bacteria in your intestines.
- This fiber rich, “slow carb” food leaves you feeling fuller faster, and isn’t bloating compared to refined carbohydrates, such as rice, pasta, and potatoes.
There’s so many more benefits to this amazing food, but I don’t want to bore you. I’m sure you get the point. Here are just a few of my favorite recipes. Follow the links to some of my favorite sites below.
- Tomato, Squash, and Red Pepper Quinoa Au Gratin
- Mediterranean Quinoa Salad (the recipe calls for olive oil, but I substitute regular olive oil for extra virgin lemon olive oil from the fantastic olive oil store on High Street in West Chester.
- Quinoa and Spinach Patties (great for breakfast, lunch or dinner!)
- Southwestern Black Bean and Mango Quinoa– great alternative to a bean salad and pairs perfectly with any type of Mexican cuisine.
My only advice is to be sure you rinse your quinoa thoroughly before using. Quinoa comes in many different colors. White is a bit fluffier, while red has a little more crunch, but both are great! Make sure you pick up quinoa next time you are in the grocery store. I guarantee you will love it!