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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Quinoa


I have been incorporating quinoa into the family diet as an alternative to rice. The dishes have been well received by all. Here is some nutritional information on this "grain".

Quinoa can be cooked much like rice and substituted in many dishes that call for rice. It has a high protein content (12-18%) which makes it a wise staple for vegan diets. It is a complete food meaning it contains a balanced set of amino acids suitable for human consumption. Easy to digest and gluten free, a good source of dietary fibre, phosphorous, high in magnesium and iron are other benefits.

Quinoa is readily available in grocery and health food stores; I prefer to purchase it in bulk over the small convenience packaged boxes. But if you are a first time user, you might want to try a small box first. There are different colours of quinoa; the beige quinoa (pictured above) is the one that I use. I tried the red quinoa but found the flavour slightly stronger - personal preference only.

Look for recipes to follow - give it a try!

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