Quin-What? A Guide to Quinoa

Most people have probably never tried quinoa. Vegetarians tend to eat it all the time. Whenever most people see the sawdust-looking product, they probably assume it doesn’t taste any better. Boy, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only is quinoa delicious (when it’s prepared using a great recipe), it’s one of the healthiest foods we can eat.

Quinoa is a whole grain with all nine necessary amino acids, which makes it a complete protein. In addition, it also has significantly more fiber than other grains. The components of quinoa will help to repair tissue, relax blood vessels, increase brain function, regulate blood pressure, eliminate toxins, and protect our blood cells. Do you get the point? Quinoa really is a superfood that tastes good, as long as it’s prepared it deliciously.

So, what else is good to know about quinoa? Well, it’s Kosher and takes about ten minutes to cook. It’s also gluten-free, so those with Celiac disease are in the clear. In terms of the numbers, One 1/4 cup serving of quinoa has: 2.5 grams of fat (6% DV), 6 grams of protein (12% DV), 3 grams of fiber (12% DV) and 160 calories (8% DV).

Here’s a Walnut-Raisin Quinoa recipe from Recipe4Living:

Walnut-Raisin Quinoa
  • • 1 C. quinoa
  • • 2 C. water
  • • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • • ½ C. brown sugar
  • • ¼ C. Walnuts
  • • ¼ C. Raisins
  • • Cream or milk for topping
  1. Add quinoa, water, cinnamon, brown sugar, and raisins to a heavy pot with a lid. Bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat and cover the pot.
  2. Simmer for about 15 minutes. The quinoa is done when it turns from white to transparent and all the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Top with walnuts and serve with warm or cold cream.

Have you tried quinoa before? We’d love for you to share with us on Facebook your favorite way to prepare it!

Thanks to Dan Kamys of Recipe4Living.com for guest posting on our blog today!

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8 thoughts on “Quin-What? A Guide to Quinoa

    1. Heather Brown

      Kathryn, a 1/4 cup (dry) serving of quinoa has 30 grams of carbohydrates. Quinoa is a whole grain, high fiber carb, making it a healthy choice.

  1. Ginger Narmour

    Thank you for the recipe. I would like to suggest that you add the hint to rinse the quinoa before using it. Unless it’s been cleaned before packaging, quinoa grains are naturally coated with a bitter-tasting protective coating.

    1. Ginger Narmour

      Ooops…as I was preparing this, I think the recipe proportions for quinoa and water are reversed. I think it should be 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water.

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