Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) my Favorite Homies!
You see these little guys everywhere now! The cool thing is that Quinoa has the highest nutritional profile and cooks the fastest of all grains. Not to mention… Who would have thought those tiny little suckers are an extremely high-energy grain.
Some Fun Facts About Quinoa:
* Has a protein content equal to milk
* Gluten-free; easy to digest
* Ideal food for endurance
* Strengthens the kidneys, hearts, and lungs
* High in B Vitamins, Iron, Zinc, Potassium, Calcium, & Vitamin E
* Contains all eight amino acids to make it a complete protein
Uses for our Quinoa Friend:
When Quinoa is cooked the other germ surrounding the seed breaks open to form a crunchy coil while the inner grain becomes soft and translucent. This double texture makes it delicious and fun to eat.
To save time for your week you can cook extra Quinoa and use it a variety of different ways. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast you can add coconut or almond milk to it and make a warm cereal. You can also add fresh fruit, nuts, or cinnamon to it.
For lunch or dinner you can add a splash of soy sauce, Sriracha, and even some fresh veggies.
Uncooked quinoa can be kept in a sealed jar and stored in a cool, dry, dark place up to a year. Not to mention… Quinoa will not break the bank either!
How to prep these little guys:
Prior to cooking, I like to rinse mine just like you do with beans. You can boil in water, vege stock or even chicken stock to give it a little extra flavor. Remember, 1 cup Quinoa to 2 cups liquid.
Have fun and get creative with your sassy little grain. Quinoa is so versatile, I absolutely love it!
Enjoy and Bon Appetit!
Love & Gratitude,