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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How To Cook Quinoa

how to cook quinoaQuinoa is the superfood grain that’s not a grain and was considered the "food of the Gods" by the Inca’s. Quinoa is more related to the seed family than the grain family and carries a healthy dose of protein along with all 9 essential amino acids. Because quinoa has all 9 essential amino acids, it’s considered a complete protein. If you're wondering how to cook quinoa, the video included here will help.

Of the many reasons I like quinoa, the primary ones are:
  • It’s more related to the seed family than the grain family

  • Gluten free

  • Contains all 8 essential amino acids

  • Almost 25% protein

Quinoa fluffs up to 3x it’s original uncooked size and keeps in the fridge for up to a week, so you can make a good batch ahead of time and then serve it up all week long.

More reasons I like Quinoa. A ¾ cup serving contains:
  • 2.5 grams of fiber

  • 5 grams of protein

  • A whopping 315 mg of potassium

  • A healthy 90 mg of magnesium

That my dear reader is a great nutritional profile!

How To Cook Quinoa

The authors of the upcoming Quinoa 365: the everyday superfood put together this video of how to cook quinoa.

The authors Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming are Canadian (which is awesome) and have been creating quinoa recipes for years. I look forward to their quinoa cookbook when it’s released. You can find out more about them at Quinoa 365.

Quinoa is not really much different than cooking rice. The only thing to keep in mind is how much it expands. A little goes a long way. If you're wondering how to cook quinoa, wonder no more. It's easy.

I thought it was funny that the pots Patricia and Carolyn were using in the video are the same ones I have.

Quinoa plays a part in my soon to be released Fat Loss Fundamentals

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At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy Quinoa. It wasn't until I started learning more and more about super foods by reading your materials that I tried this food. My favorite is Inca Red Quinoa. It is a very filling food and satisfying!

At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Rob said...

I've never tried anything but the white, but I'm going to. I like that it can be cooked in various substances and it takes on the flavor.

my favorite is in our home made soup stock and then also another one where I add garlic slices.

At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Shauna said...

I love Quinoa!! It's so versatile and super easy to make! I just toss it together with some fresh crisp veggies and fat free Italian dressing for a fast, healthy, tasty lunch on the go!

At 11:11 PM, Anonymous Matt said...

I remember first finding out and trying Quinoa about ten years ago while dating a girl from Peru. Weird that it's been an important food for 6,000 years. I love its high protein content :)

At 10:14 PM, Blogger Lauren said...

Quinoa is the bomb! I put it in to all of my clients nutrition programs. I love the fact that I can add it to a a green salad. Or eat it as a hot cereal for breakfast. The other day I made quinoa pancakes that came out pretty good. Did not use any flour, just the quinoa itself. Still working on perfecting it though.

Thanks for sharing this. I look forward to checking out the Quinoa cookbook.

At 11:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ordered Quinoa 365 from Chapters.ca. The cookbook is amazing. Every recipe I try is my new favourite. I love this stuff.


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