What is Quinoa?

What is Quinoa?

There is a product that is hiding amongst our dry good shelves at Simon’s that is gaining popularity fast! What is this grain you might ask…it is Quinoa but what is Quinoa and why all the fuss?

Quinoa pronounced ‘Keen-Wah’, is native to South America and is a great substitute to rice and some cereals. It looks like a grain but is actually a seed that is gluten free, high in fibre, low G.I, has all the essential amino acids and contains more protein than any other grain. It has a subtle flavour with a fluffy, slightly crunchy texture that is quick and easy to cook.

To cook Quinoa, first rinse thoroughly. Place 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water in a pan, bring to boil without a lid. Once boiling, put on lid, turn down the heat and simmer for another 10-15 minutes.

Quinoa is delicious cold in a salad, or served hot as a side to a curry, casserole or with a stirfry. Use it similar to rice by adding it to frittatas,  patties and even stuffing’s. Serve it with lots of roasted vegetables, with grilled chicken, apart of tabouli or as a pilaf. It’s very versatile for flavours as you can add spices to give the tastes of Indian, Moroccan, Mexican and Mediterranean.



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