Until recently I didn’t know much about quinoa. Gosh, I couldn’t even pronounce it (keen - wah). But now, I have fallen in love with the versatility, taste and nutritional benefits of this wonderful little seed called quinoa. Its such a super food. It happens to look a bit like millet and can be bought in different colours with white being the most common.
I first started cooking it for breakfast, as a porridge, with some ground cardamon, yoghurt, honey and blueberries. Yum! Amazingly light (not heavy like rolled oats), delicious and very nourishing. I then quickly discovered that you can use it basically like rice and yes, you can even cook it in your rice cooker.
My second quinoa dish to cook was a Moroccan quiona pilaf and it was fantastic. An easy one pot meal. A big thanks to Nicole for sharing the recipe over at Rejuvenation Lounge’s
Quinoa is a complete protein and super food:
In my research it was the nutritional facts that really excited me. Around 30% - 50% of your daily requirements for iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium in a 100 gm serve. A complete protein containing 8 amino acids, heaps of fibre (I can personally vouch for that) and great antioxidant.
In fact many sites that I visited during my research claimed that quinoa was almost the ideal food with the huge arrange of nutrients it contains.
Quick facts you might like to know about quinoa:
1. Use it like rice or a grain
2. From what I understand its a seed although often called a grain
3. Absorbs more water than rice
4. Bulks up when cooked to around 3 times its original size
5. Can be eaten as a porridge, in a stir fry, added to soups as a thickener, salads, as a burger or in a pilaf.
7. Gluten free
6. Always rinse before using - all quinoa cooks seem to stress this
7. For cooking generally 2 cups of water for 1 cup of quiona ( but I find it varies)
8. There are three mains types of quinoa - cream, red and black. ( I prefer the cream quinoa ). Red and black seem to be used often for salads.
9. You can also buy quinoa flakes (great for porridge) and flour
10. Has a yummy nutty type flavour
I’ve been searching the web to collect around 3 or 4 quinoa meal recipes and a couple of salad ones for myself. Here’s a few that have grabbed my attention so far. I keen to try the quinoa burgers with hummus and roasted red peppers and the quinoa tabbouleh next.
Please, please do share your favourite quiona recipes. Quinoa deserves a lot more attention than its getting. I only wished I started cooking with it years ago.