Quinoa: Recipes & Food Facts
Intro to Quinoa
You've probably been hearing about quinoa lately. It seems to be popping up all over online and in stores, not to mention TV shows as well! With all of this hype built around a food, you may be wondering what the big deal is. Some of you may be wondering what it is in general!
This hub is going to introduce you to the healthy food, and you will also find some ways that you can incorporate quinoa into your diet as well!
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What is Quinoa?
If you haven't heard of quinoa at all yet, you might be wondering what is quinoa? And how on earth do you pronounce it? Well first, quinoa is pronounced keen-wah, and it is a delicious alternative to typical carbs like rice and pasta.
It's very much like a grain, and falls into the Chenopodioideae subfamily which makes it very similar to spinach or beets.
The photo you see here is of a quinoa plant before it's flowered. The part of quinoa that you eat are the little brown seeds that you see here.
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Nutritional Value of Quinoa
So what makes quinoa so nutritional? Well there are lots of healthy attributes that make quinoa a wonderful food.
First off, it's packed with protein (16% daily value in one cup) which is critical to every diet.
For your daily value, 1 cup of quinoa also provides:
- 21% Fiber
- 15% Iron
- 6% Vitamin E
- 30% Magnesium
- 3% Calcium
- 9% Potassium
If you want to really impress your family, bring along a quinoa Thanksgiving food gift for them this year to your holiday get together. Introducing healthy foods is a great way to show you care!
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How Do I Cook Quinoa?
Quinoa is super easy to cook if you want to make it as just a side dish to your everyday meal. It's a lot like rice in that you just boil a pot of water (1 part quinoa to 2 parts water). When the water boils, add in your quinoa and place lid back on your pot.
You can add seasoning into your quinoa like parsley or other herbs, if you'd like to add flavoring. You'll know your quinoa is done when the seeds look like they've got mini tails. Depending on how much you are making, this typically takes 15-20 minutes.
Stir in a tablespoon of coconut oil if you'd like to add the texture, flavor and to prevent sticky quinoa.
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More Quinoa Recipes
Looking to spice up your quinoa? There are so many ways to use quinoa in your cooking now, your options are almost limitless!
Find recipes that use this grain as a breading, as a flour, as a pasta alternative, and even in desserts.
Recipes to Try
Best Quinoa Recipes Recommended by Nutritionists
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Whenever I find a new way to add healthy (and tasty) foods into my life, I can never stop telling people about them. I just get so excited!
If you end up enjoying quinoa, then share it with your friends. Instead of that pasta gift basket at their housewarming, bring a quinoa gift basket! Pack it with organic quinoa, seasonings, a recipe book and a stirring spoon. They'll love learning about something new, especially when it can help benefit their health!
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