Benefits of Quinoa-
Quinoa is a delicious, nourishing nutty whole “grain” that is easy to prepare and loaded with minerals such as manganese, iron and copper. Being a complete protein means that quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, a very rare find in the plants. Though it is enjoyed as a grain, it technically is not, since true grains are the seeds of cereal grasses, and quinoa is the seed of a plant related to beets and spinach. Quinoa is one of the best “grains” to consume as it has a slightly alkaline effect in the body, while most other grains result in an acidic pH. Quinoa is also a great source of dietary fiber. Grown in Andes Mountain regions in Peru, Chile and Bolivia, quinoa is considered a sacred food of the Incas and Aztecs.
Quinoa is available in most health food stores and is pronounced keen-wah in case you want to spread the word about this superfood. To prepare quinoa, it is best to rinse the grain in a mesh strainer repeatedly to remove its bitter coating. Once the water runs clear, place quinoa in a pot and add two parts water (or broth) to one part quinoa, cover, and bring to a boil. When rapidly boiling, remove from heat, and leave covered for 15 minutes. Quinoa will be fluffy with tiny tails when it is ready.
It can be enjoyed as a hot cereal (especially if made with more water) in the morning or used as a substitute for couscous or rice.
Try and enjoy this tasty, quick recipe:
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