culinary discovery: quinoa

Source: Family Kitchen “How to Cook Quinoa”

True story: I was calling it “kin-OH-ah” until my friend, Emily, gently corrected me a few months ago. (For the record, it’s pronounced “keen-o-wah”!)

However you say it, it’s delish and I can’t believe I waited so long to start cooking with it.

A little Wikipedia-based background for you on quinoa: it’s a grain-like crop that is super high in protein (especially compared to similar foods you might use in its place like rice or wheat pastas) and it’s gluten-free, yet still high in fiber. Nutritionally, it’s a win-win food.

A couple things I’ve learned from my own cooking trials and errors: ALWAYS rinse the quinoa before cooking (otherwise it tastes bitter). Also know that a little goes a long way…a cup and a half of dry quinoa can make a dish that easily serves four hearty portions, if not five or six.

I can always count on Iowa Girl Eats for some innovative (and healthy) recipes; high on flavor, low on bad stuff. Check out two of her quinoa-focused recipes below!

Source: Kristin’s IGE Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Kristin’s IGE Mac and Cheese Makeover

Both of these delicious recipes have been in rotation at our house – last night I made the mac and cheese but skipped the tomatoes and instead added a bag of steamed broccoli. Yummmm.

Enjoy!

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2 Responses to culinary discovery: quinoa

  1. Quinoa is the BEST! So much is packed in those tiny little pods!

    Thanks for sharing IGE’s recipes. They looks AMAZING!

  2. Dawn says:

    I love quinoa! Actually here’s the correct pronunciation:
    Quinoa ( /ˈkiːnwɑː/ or /kɨˈnoʊ.ə/, Spanish: quinua, from Quechua: kinwa),

    These recipes look delicious. I’m loving your blog! Way to go on your weight loss journey. I’ve been on Weight Watchers for 13 weeks and I’ve lost 21 pounds. I have 10 more to go to my set goal weight. Woot!

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