Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Crazy for Quinoa

Have you tried quinoa (pronounced "keen-wah") yet?  If your answer is NO, then you are missing out!!  Quinoa is a delicious, versatile, easy to prepare grain.  It's like rice with a kick.
Here's a side-by-side comparison of quinoa's nutritional info with that of brown rice.  It's a little hard to see, but quinoa has more fiber (4g vs. 2g), more protein (5g vs. 3g) and more vitamins and minerals than brown rice.  It is slightly higher in calories (170 vs. 150), but not by much.  Quinoa also contains essential amino acids like lysine, which aids the body in absorbing calcium. 

This is the most popular yellow quinoa.  Though often thought of as a grain, quinoa is actually the seed of the plant.  Cooked quinoa seeds are fluffy, with a little crunch and a slightly nutty flavor.

Quinoa comes in a variety of colors.  I've been able to find the yellow and red in the organic aisle of my regular grocery store.  I found black quinoa at Whole Foods.  My favorite is the red.  It is a little nuttier in flavor than the yellow.  I don't like the black as much, its flavor is a little stronger.  

Quinoa is really easy to cook, and fits like rice into any dish.  The only additional step to cooking it, is to rinse it with cold water first to help ensure that the coating has been totally removed.  Most of this coating is removed when the seed is harvested, but this extra rinse helps.  You simply add one part quinoa to two parts liquid, bring to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.  

I have quinoa several times a week as the grain portion of my dinner.  The picture above shows black quinoa, cooked in chicken stock, that I tossed with some roasted tomatoes.  

Here some other quinoa recipes I like:

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  1. My mom introduced me to Quinoa this summer and it was really good. I was excited that it has lots of protein!

  2. My sister-in-law served us quinoa fettuccine a while back, and I couldn't tell the difference from the regular fettuccine. It was great!
    Thanks for the article. I'll keep in mind that I *probably* don't want to buy black quinoa. :)

  3. I love Quinoa! I stubbornly pronounce it [Quih-Noah]. I'm so lame. LOL

  4. LOVE Quinoa! I had never tried it until you mentioned it in a previous post. I think when you did your video of your pantry or something like that. Yes, so I have you to thank for that new love!