Although quinoa looks like a grain, it's actually the seed of a green leafy plant. It's packed with protein, making it an excellent substitute for rice or couscous; plus, it’s high in iron, potassium, and B vitamins. Give it a try! Quinoa cooks in about 15 minutes and can be prepared on the stovetop, in the microwave, or in a rice cooker. To boost flavor, add your favorite veggies to the water or broth. One cup of dry quinoa provides up to four cooked servings, so a little goes a long way.
What is great about quinoa is that it is so easy to use. Just bowl it for 7 minutes and it is so versatile. I often add it to soups or stews to make them more bulky and thick. It can also be a great addition to salads. The best part is that it offers all the amino acids... in a grain like form!