I hope most of you have heard of quinoa by now, it is a protein packed powerhouse that has recently emerged on the grocery shelves and even in some restaurants.
What’s a quinoa? It is pronounced KEEN-wah . To me it looks like bird seed. Quinoa seeds contain essential amino acids, calcium, phosphorus, and iron it also contains folate and zinc. The protein found in quinoa is considered a complete protein containing all the essential amino acids needed in our diet. Quinoa is also gluten free. This grain can be found in either black, red or traditional white. This is a great substitute for rice, and pasta as side dishes. It can be eaten cooked or raw.
Quinoa originated in the Andean mountains of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Chile, where it has been a staple in their diet for thousands of years. The Incas, they believed the seeds to be sacred, referred to it as chisaya mama or “mother of all grains”. For more facts about quinoa go to this website. (http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-benefits-of-quinoa/)
And the next question. What do you do with it?
My favorite is very simple and can be eaten warm or cold.
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup rinsed quinoa
1 cup edamame shelled
Cook the quinoa in the chicken broth for 15 minutes, add the edamame for 5 minutes. Then eat. That’s it.