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Quinoa: It’s pronounced KEEN-nwa

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Quinoa!  Quinoa’s great– it’s a seed (it’s usually called a whole grain, but botanically it’s a seed, not a fruit like grains) that can be used anywhere you’d use rice or couscous (or even pasta in most cases).  It comes in lots of varieties, like black:

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Ooooo fancy black quinoa!

But it is usually found in the plain old brownish variety.  To prepare, rinse it (to remove the bitter saponin residue), dump it in a pan with 2 parts liquid, one part grain (seed, whatever), bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer and cover for 15 minutes.  It’s done when the liquid is absorbed and the seeds have swollen and look like tiny little planets (really, they have a ring around the middle like Uranus).  Combine it with any veggies, proteins, cheeses, or seasonings that you want!

The best part about quinoa is that it is a complete protein (i.e. it has all the essential amino acids that your body cannot create on its own, in the proper ratios, just like meat!).  It also has a good amount of the healthy unsaturated fats and is high in many micronutrients, vitamin E and Calcium being two of the more notable examples.  Fiber too!  Yay!


Quinoa with tomatoes, spinach, and feta. And a white organic wine from Trader Joe’s.

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  1. We love our quinoa with roasted veggies (broccoli, cauliflour, onions etc), Then we top it with toasted walnuts, diced tomatoes, crumbled feta and a splash of balsamic!

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