Grains are all the fashion. Healthy, nutty, chewy; they’re popular everywhere, not just with granola folks. One of my favorites is quinoa (pronounced keen’-wah), a boutique grain that’s actually a seed and relative to leafy greens like spinach and chard. Gluten-free, it’s very high in protein containing all eight amino acids plus a source of dietary fiber, B Vitamins and iron. It has a fluffy, slightly crunchy texture and nutty flavor with circular threads around each grain. What I love is it’s versatility. It’s a canvas where you let your imagination and creativity run wild. Try different seasonings, ingredient combinations and international flavors.
I’m sharing two quinoa dishes. First, a Mediterranean salad graced with Kalamata olives, feta cheese, bell peppers and cannellini beans. Then, a rich Cajun chicken soup with carrots, Brussels sprout leaves and quinoa rather than traditional noodles or rice.
Find quinoa at the supermarket near the rice and other grains. Affordable prices on larger quantities are available at warehouse sellers like Costco and Sam’s Club.
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