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Quinoa: The Nutrient Rich Grain

Quinoa: The Nutrient Rich Grain

Pronounced keen-wah, this grain comes from the Andes Mountains in South America where it was once a staple food for the Incas.

Quinoa has a delicious light, nutty flavor. When it cooks, the grain opens up to make tiny spirals. Quinoa contains all eight amino acids and therefore has better protein value than most grains. A nutrient-dense grain; perfect for those who have elevated needs, such as pregnant or nursing mothers.
Here are some tips and tricks on how to cook this nutritious grain:

1 cup quinoa
Pinch of sea salt
1 3/4 cups water

Rinse quinoa well with warm water and drain. Quinoa has a natural coating called saponin that repels insects and birds and can create a bitter taste. Rinsing with warm water removes the saponin. Place rinsed quinoa, salt, and water in a pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer 15-20 minutes, until all the water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork before serving.

Preparation time: 20-25 minutes
Makes 2 1/2-3 cups

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Excerpted from Feeding the Whole Family, by Cynthia Lair.Copyright (c) 1997 by Cynthia Lair. Reprinted by permission of Moon Smile Press.
Excerpted from Feeding the Whole Family, by Cynthia Lair.

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8:08PM PST on Dec 25, 2012

thanks

4:10AM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Thanks

2:51AM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

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10:34PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Great info. Thanks.

5:16PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Quinoa, so good and so good for you!

6:44AM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

I've tried it, thought that box would have tasted much the same.

3:31PM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

We eat this fabulous seed every day in our house, on breakfast, salads, used instead of rice, in soups, just about with anything you can cook....we use it either cooked in apple juice or chicken stock for added flavour then add to whatever meal we are preparing.

6:44PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

That would be great of Jacqueline to send some of her grandmother's recipes to us others.Please do!

11:26AM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

Thanks.

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