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About Quinoa

Quinoa is a very old grain that was cultivated by the incas as far back as 3000 BC and has recently been discovered again.Part of the quinoa plantIt is ussually pale yellow in colour, although one will sometimes come across quinoa that is black, white, pink, orange and even red or purple in colour ! This rediscovered grain has a delicious nutty flavour, and should be cooked before eating.
When preparing to cook, rinse the grains well and drain excess water ( make sure you buy the kind of which the husks have already been removed ). Use 2 cups water for every 1 cup Quinoa when cooking.
Serve Quinoa as a side dish ( like rice or millet ) or with veggies like broccoli, greens, asparagus and peppers. Quinoa can also be used in soups, salads or as a breakfast cereal. Prepare your favourite rice pudding but use Quinoa instead ! Remembers that Quinoa, when cooking expands up to three times its' size.
This wonderfood is nowadays preferable to many of the other grains, as it is gluten-free and has a superior nutritional profile. Just look at this : Quinoa is extremely high in protein, Methionine, cystine and lysine ( an amino acid which is rarely found in the vegetable kingdom ). It is low in sodium but boasts a wealth of vitamins, including vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin A, niacin, riboflavin and thiamin. Minerals include magnesium, copper, potassium, zinc and manganese. If this is not impressive enough, try adding to Quinoa's qualities calcium, iron and phosphorous.

Quinoa has become increasingly popular over the last few months. Don't be left in the dark !

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