Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) originated in South America where it was domesticated thousands of years ago. It was staple diet of the ancient Inca civilization. It is also believed that they considered quinoa to be a sacred plant.
Some facts about quinoa:
- Quinoa is a pseudo-cereal (has similar nutrient profile as a cereal grain and also it’s cooked & eaten like grains).
- Belongs to the same family as chard, beets, spinach.
- Can be found in different colors – red, black, cream.
- Gluten free.
- High in protein.
- Very good source of magnesium, calcium & manganese.
- Source of B vitamins & vitamin E.
- Contains all nine essential amino acids which makes it a complete protein.
- Source of dietary fiber.
What can I do with quinoa?
- Breakfast – porridge.
- Lunch – use it in salads or soups.
- Dinner – as a side or in stews.
Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
Quinoa can last for up to a year (even longer) if stored properly.
Favorite recipes with quinoa: