QUINOA: SUPERFOOD PLANT PROTEIN
A complete protein and fantastic wheat-free alternative. Tasty and incredibly easy to cook. Microwave in just a few minutes. Can be eaten hot or cold. Quinoa is one of the world’s most popular health foods. Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein & fiber and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids.
What is it?
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is the common name for Chenopodium Quinoa, a member of the flowering plant family Amaranthaceae. It is a pseudo-grain or pseudo-cereal crop grown primarily for its edible seeds.
What can I do with it ?
Quinoa is very easy to incorporate into your diet. It is tasty and goes well with a very large variety of foods, from salads and vegetables to meat dishes. You can even grind it into flour and use it in baking.
It is particularly useful for those who pursue lifestyles which avoid gluten and grains. Using quinoa instead of typical gluten-free breads and pastas may significantly reduce blood sugar, insulin and triglyceride levels.
It can be eaten warm with a very large variety of dishes including stews, grilled meats, fish or grilled vegetables. Also very nice in cold salads and meat dishes.
How do I prepare it?
Quinoa is easy to prepare on the stove or in the microwave.
Cook or microwave each cup of quinoa with at least 1 and a half cups of water and a pinch of salt. The water should be boiled and then added to the quinoa while stirring. Cover with a lid and microwave on high for around 4 minutes, stir and then microwave for another 3 to 4 minutes. If in doubt as to whether it is cooked, do not microwave but leave in the microwave oven to simmer.
On the stove, bring the mix to the boil and then simmer for around 20 minutes until soft and fluffy.
What can I substitute ?
The closest substitute is amaranth.
How do I store it?
Keep in an airtight container away from moisture. In the freezer it will keep for many months.