What Is Quinoa?
Quinoa Recipes and Nutrition
Pronounced keen-wah, quinoa is actually a seed from a South American plant, Chenopodium quinoa. Once a staple food for the ancient Incan civilization, quinoa has recently become popular in the U.S. as a gluten-free food.
Quinoa is rich in protein, fiber, amino acids, B-vitamins, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. It is perfect for vegetarians because of its protein content - and unlike meat, it is free of saturated fat and cholesterol.
Quinoa provides an array of satisfying textures - fluffy, creamy and crunchy all at once. It can be easily served as a side dish with diced garlic and your favorite fresh herbs. With its mild, subtle nutty flavor, it is also the perfect addition to other dishes, such as casseroles. Quinoa recipes usually recommend you rinse the seeds before cooking, as the outer coating has a slightly bitter taste.
In addition to dry quinoa, you can also purchase gluten-free quinoa pastas, cereals and flours.