Lets talk about quinoa.
Quinoa. If you’re like me, you will pronounce this word “kin-o-uh” or “quinn-o-uh” for years until some kind soul finally writes out the pronunciation (“keen-wah”) (you’re welcome) for you in their blog post. I don’t remember who you were, but I thank you for that.
Also, if you are like me, you will see person after person write post after post about this strange little food before you finally get up the nerve to go find some at the store (note-I buy the Trader Joe’s brand, but they also carry it in my regular grocery store) and make it on your own.
And if you are married to a man like mine, you will wait until he is not there for dinner one night to make it because he will call it “bird food,” ask if he likes it, and then take one tiny piece on his fork and attempt to eat it. He will later realize that he likes it, and you won’t have to worry about this any longer, but just in case, consider this your warning.
Quinoa is actually a seed, not a grain, and it is a great source of protein. The World’s Healthiest Foods Food website says:
Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Not only is quinoa’s amino acid profile well balanced, making it a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake, but quinoa is especially well-endowed with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, folate, and phosphorus, this “grain” may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.
So, as you can see, this is super food with such great nutritional benefits that should be in everyone’s diet! Not to mention it is simple and delicious. If you can make rice, you can (and should) make quinoa!
How to cook Quinoa
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup quinoa
- In a medium sauce pan, bring vegetable broth and water to a boil.
- Add quinoa and stir.
- Cover and reduce heat to a light simmer and cook until all liquid has been absorbed (about 20 minutes).