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quinoa (KEEN-wah)

the scoop
  • cultivated for 3000-4000 years in South America
  • Incas referred to quinoa as "chisaya mama", mother of all grains
  • protein content is 12-18%
  • a complete protein source, containing all essential amino acids
  • dietary source of fiber, phorphorus, iron asnd magnesium
  • gluten free
  • easily digested
  • quinoa leaves can be eated as a leaf vegetable
  • grows in sandy, well drained soil
  • the plant is undemanding and hardy
first things first...

Quinoa is considered one of the healthiest foods of the world.
The taste is slightly nutty, a little crunchy, the texture is fluffy and creamy.
Even though quinoa is thought of as a grain, it is actually a seed.
You will find quinoa on many food trend lists for 2011.


• serve as a hot cereal and add fruit and nuts
• use quinoa noodles for pasta recipes
• add to soups
• blend in a little quinoa flour to baking recipes

“the best” recipe

This is a recipe my daughter makes and takes to work everyday for lunch. She makes a big batch of quinoa and adds fresh ingredients daily.

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mediterranean quinoa salad
4-6 servings

6 c cooked quinoa
1/4 c variety of fresh herbs, chopped (basil, parsley, mint, oregano, dill)
2 c fresh spinach leaves
2 c grape tomatoes
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cucumber, seeded and chopped
1/2 c red onion, chopped
1/2 c kalamata olives, sliced thin
1/2 c toasted pinenuts
1/2 c feta cheese, crumbled

dressing: whisk 1/4 c fresh lemon juice and 1/4 c olive oil together
drizzle over the combined ingredients.

Served chilled or at room temperature.

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