Super Food Profile: Quinoa

quinoa-seedsGoing vegan has introduced me to countless new foods, grains, and spices but none have thrilled me like quinoa!

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