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Quinoa has become extremely popular, especially in vegan and vegetarian diets due to its high protein content and delicious nutty flavor. It comes in multiple colors/ varieties such as tan, black, and red, which lend to beauty and different flavors/ textures in cuisine. The white quinoa is the most popular because it is mild and soft, while the red and black are a bit tougher and nuttier. It is also gluten-free making it a great option for people with celiacs disease or gluten sensitivities.
Benefits: Quinoa is a whole grain, which makes it beneficial for cardiovascular health as well as blood sugar health. Since it has a higher protein and fat content than most grains it may prove to be even more beneficial than most whole grains in this realm. It also has a larger array of nutrients, minerals, flavonoids, and phytonutrients that add to its anti-inflammatory benefits.
How To Use: Quinoa is an extremely versatile ingredient that can be used in granolas, cereals, as a warm cereal, in baked goods, or in salads soups or stews. It works great as a grain in tabouleh and also works well as a rice replacement. You can even make a milk with quinoa! Quinoa is one of the best food to use for food prep because you can make a large batch at the beginning of the week and add it to many different meals and use it for different applications because of its mild flavor.
*boil 1 cup quinoa in 2 cups of water for at least 20 minutes.
**Some people find it to have a slightly bitter flavor, but this can be eliminated/reduced by soaking/sprouting overnight. This also shortens the cooking time.
Nutrition Facts: Servings Size: 3/4 cup (cooked)
** Keep in an airtight container or store in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life!