From The Andes To Our Supermarket Shelves
Quinoa is a great superfood. Have you heard of it? Have you tried it?
What Is Quinoa?
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is an amazing food as it is both a protein, and a carbohydrate. The body needs protein to grow and repair itself and carbohydrate for energy.
Quinoa is probably the healthiest grain you can eat. It contains all 9 of the essential amino acids, fibre, phosphorous, magnesium and iron. It is gluten free and easy to digest. It’s possibly as close to a perfect ingredient as you can get.
How Do I Cook it?
Think of making Quinoa like rice:
- Rinse or soak it first to remove its bitter coating
- Bring two cups of water to the boil to one cup of quinoa
- Simmer and cook for approximately 15 minutes or until the germ separates from the seed.
What Is It Like?
Once cooked, it has a fluffy texture with a slight bite to it and slightly nutty flavour. The grains quadruple in size and become almost translucent.
You can use it like you would rice or pasta or hot cereal. So, have it with chilli or in a mixed bean salad, add it to stews and soups or make porridge from it for breakfast. You can also use ground quinoa in bread, biscuits and muffins.
Where Can I Get It From?
Quinoa originated from the Andes and has been eaten there for thousands of years. It has been available in health food shops for several years. However, as it’s becoming more popular, you may well now find it in your local supermarket.
Give it a try!