Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is an amazing, power-packed grain. The Inca’s considered it to be sacred and “the mother of all grains” for it’s nutritional value and golden color.
What makes quinoa so awesome?
- It’s a complete protein. Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids.
- It’s gluten free! 🙂
- It contains 2x as much fiber and calcium as most other grains.
- It is rich in antioxidants. Quinoa contains several antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients to promote tissue repair, and fight off disease and infection.
To serve quinoa as a side (as you would rice or cous-cous), mix 1 cup quinoa, 2 cups water, and 1 tsp sea salt in a pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 15-18 minutes. For a more adventurous dish, try Veganomicon’s Chickpea-Quinoa Pilaf.
Enjoy! XO The Fearless Vegan