Super Starts Here.

Have You Tried This SUPER Grain?

on January 30, 2012

If you haven’t tried this ancient grain, you should!  It’s high in protein (8 grams/cup) and fiber (5 grams/cup ), and is good source of iron.  It’s also packed with other vitamins and minerals and is incredibly versatile.  You can use it as you would rice, you can bake with it in flour form, it can be used for any meal, including delicious desserts, it’s even great for cold salads (bento box lunch anyone??)  What am I talking about?  Quinoa!  Pronounced keen-wa, it’s an ancient grain that has made quite a comeback in recent years and is certainly one of the healthiest foods we can eat.  The best part of quinoa is that it absorbs just about any flavor you cook it with and it cooks in a very short period of time, usually 10 minutes.

When my kids were babies, I used to serve them quinoa mixed with pureed vegetables, but these days, it needs to be more interesting, so I add it to their oatmeal in the morning, I make stir-fry’s or risotto like dishes with it, and I even tried this yummy dessert which we all loved, Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa (I omitted the cashews and maple syrup) and will try it for breakfast without the chocolate.

Stay tuned for a more quinoa recipes this week.


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