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5 Questions About Quinoa

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It seems that I can’t open a magazine or browse Pinterest without seeing recipes that include quinoa or brag about its nutritional value. If you have quinoa questions I have answers.

  1. I bought a Bag of Quinoa… now what?
    I have been asked this question a few times, you know that quinoa is a superfood and full of protein but what do you do with it? It’s a lot like rice. You can cook it in a pot or in a rice cooker with water, spices, or broth. Use the ratio of one part quinoa to two parts liquid and cook until fluffy and tender. You can cook it in my favorite, quinoa and cheese or make quinoa pilaf.
  2. What is Quinoa?
    Quinoa is a grain and while it is cooked like wheat, barley, rye and oats, it is in the same food family that contains spinach, Swiss chard, and beets. It comes from South America and exploded in popularity a few years ago.
  3. Where Do I find Quinoa?
    Check out the bulk bins of your grocery and store in a clean, dry, glass jar. Before cooking, it is best to rinse the quinoa.
  4. What Nutritional Value Does Quinoa Have?
    Quinoa is high in protein and amino acids. “It is also a good source of heart-healthy magnesium, folate, and fiber, as well as bone-building phosphorus and copper” (The World’s Healthiest Foods).
  5. How do I say it?
    Quinoa is pronounced as KEEN-wah. I think it’s so much fun to say. When I introduced it to my husband, he brought it up in every conversation he had with family and friends. I think it was because it’s so much fun to say.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for a recipe for Quinoa Stuffed Peppers.

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