I have heard a lot about quinoa being a superfood lately. When I read that it can be substituted for grains in a meal, I was intrigued. I try to limit the amount of grains I have in my diet, simply because I feel icky if I eat too much grain (I think there is something to the grainless diet nutritionally but I have yet to decide it’s worth giving up bread and cheese). I wanted to learn more, like, what the heck is quinoa, how do you pronounce it and how do you cook it?
This is what I’ve learned:
Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wa”, but I will probably forget and continue to call it “keen-o”) is the seed of a leafy green related to spinach, beets and Swiss chard. It is a complete source of protein, making it perfect for vegetarian meals. Quinoa also has a whole bunch of vitamins and minerals including iron and magnesium. I found a whole rundown of what is in Quinoa here.
I have found that quinoa can be prepared in many different ways from roasting to boiling. I think I will try this recipe first since I love butternut squash. Now all I need is to figure out where to find quinoa in the grocery store!