This morning, I made quinoa. What is it, you ask. I will tell you. But first, it's important that you pronounce it correctly. It is NOT qwin-oh-uh. =) It is pronounced keen-wah. Cool, what?
So. What is it? Check this out:
The Wise Geek website says this and more...
"Though not technically a grain, quinoa can substitute for nearly any grain in cooking. Actually the seed of a leafy plant, quinoa’s relatives include spinach, beets and Swiss chard. Due to its delicate taste and rich amounts of protein, iron, potassium and other vitamins and minerals, it is quite popular. It is also a good source of dietary fiber and is easily digested."
It is interesting, there is no doubt. And if you're not a grainy-type, it will be an experience for you. It was for me. First of all, quinoa looks odd. It is shaped like little round things with tails. Yeah, tails! Kind of bug-like. Ew. Then it's got this crunch to it. It's odd. But it is not strong flavored. So if you can get past it's odd shape and crunch, you're in. For me, the more that's added to it, the better. On the package I buy, there is a recipe for Scarlett Quinoa Salad that has all kinds of stuff in it, including beets, that was actually really tasty. Even my 6-year old picky as can be daughter ate it, and really liked it. Yeah!
So if you're looking for something different to add to your diet, whether you're restricted by gluten, or yeast, or dairy or many allergenic foods, or just looking to change your food choices up a bit, give it a try!
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