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Quinoa: Recipes & Food Facts

Updated on July 24, 2014

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.

Cooking Quinoa is Easy

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Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
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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.

Best Quinoa Recipes Recommended by Nutritionists

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Spread the Word

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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      Patricia 3 years ago

      I eat quinoa in my morning cereal. Good to see all the nutrition in it...

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      Huntgoddess 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Thanks for fixing it Pinkchic. Great hub.

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      Sarah Carlsley 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Sorry about that! I have updated the video, which should be watchable now.

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      Huntgoddess 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I got a message that said, "This video does not exist," when I clicked the first video, entitled, "Learn about Quinoa."

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      Nicole S Hanson 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Awesome information. I cook with quinoa all the time and my family loves it. Plus it's healthy! Can't beat that.

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Wow, quinoa does look like a grain but it's really not, so I guess since it's not a grain it doesn't have much carbs like rice or corn has. I would like to try that! I hope I could find this in stores. Voted up and awesome, interesting. :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Great information on quinoa. Your hub is very visually appealing too Pinkchic. Thanks. Voted up.

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      jkvkdailey4 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I'm very excited to try this, thanks for the cooking tips!

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      Janice S 4 years ago

      Thanks for the education :) I've had it before, but it was just OK. I'm guessing it is all about the recipe so I'll have to look for some better ones.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Very new to me also and here's to many more by you.

      I shall be following from today on.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      New to me! Never heard of it my friend, so thanks for the education and information.

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Thanks Pinkchic18 Quinua is everywhere in peru and we love it especially in salads. Because it grows here and is very cheap, it is a great source of our vitamins. I love the multicoloured Quinua we get here.

      It works great as a crispy coating on fish.