- You peeps eating quinoa yet? If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend you do. It’s super delicious, super easy to make, and super good for you. Isn’t that super?
Quinoa is an ancient Aztec grain. Doesn’t that just sound fancy? It’s actually tiny little seeds. They can be white, red, or black. They remind me of little baby rice. But all nice and fluffy. (Not in this picture, because it’s raw)
Quinoa is a complete protein, which is fairly uncommon for grains. One cup of cooked quinoa has about 8 grams of protein. This makes it a fantastic food for my vegan and veggie loving friends.
It also has a lot of fiber. 1 cup has about 6 grams. Just to give you a quick comparison, white rice has less than 1 gram of fiber. With all that protein and fiber, it fills you up quickly and you’ll feel full along time.
In addition to lots of yummy protein and fiber, this super food is full of unique flavonoids and anti-oxidants. Now, I don’t intend to get all sciency. But basically that means it good for you so eat it!
It even has a little of our heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids. It is considered to be a low inflammation food. And it’s gluten free. Boom!
Ok so we all know we should eat it. Now how do you eat it? Well, I basically use it in place of rice. I cook with the white and the red quinoa on a regular basis. But, I have yet to try the black. It is suppose to be firmer. Last week I posted a recipe with quinoa.
Check out one of my favorite recipes at http://damndelicious.net/2014/04/09/one-pan-mexican-quinoa/
It tastes fantastic. It freezes well too. I love to make giant batches of my healthy meals and freeze extra in small mason jars. Pull them out when you’re in a hurry or to take to work!
If you would like some more in depth info on why quinoa is darn fantastic check out the following links. As always, I’d love to hear from you! If you’ve got a fabulous quinoa recipe you’d like to share or some awesome quinoa knowledge to bless us with, please do so in the comments section.