What is it Wednesday? – Quinoa

What it looks like?

What is it?

Quinoa is a grain like crop but it’s grown for it’s seed.  These seeds can be prepared like whole grains such as rice or barley.

You can find quinoa in the bulk bins at stores like Whole Foods or you can order them online.

Health benefits?

Quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein and great for vegetarians.

Quinoa is a gluten-free and cholesterol-free whole grain.

According to Calorie King a 1/2 cup serving of cooked quinoa has 127 calories, 2g of total fat, 10mg sodium, 2g fiber and 4.5g protein.

How to use it?

Quinoa is prepared just like rice.  Put quinoa in a pot – cover with water and boil until soft which takes about 15 minutes.  Once cooked it will have a fluffy texture with a mild, slighty nutty flavor.

Ways to use quinoa:

  • Stir fry veggies served over quinoa.
  • Quinoa flour can be used in gluten-free or wheat based baking.
  • Serve cooked quinoa as a warm breakfast – mix in nuts, berries, cinnamon or agave nectar.
  • You can also google the term “quinoa” and get a bunch of ways to prepare this high protein item.

VC&C thoughts:

I decided to do a “What is it Wednesday” post about quinoa because one of my lunch spots as recently started offering it.  I have yet to try it but hope to soon.


What is your favorite way to prepare quinoa?

Disclaimer: I must say I’m not a registered dietitian. This post is based on my own personal knowledge, opinions and research.

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