Quinoa...be friends?

 

5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT QUINOA

  • You're not really eating quinoa. You're eating the seed of the quinoa plant.

  • The quinoa plant is a psuedo-cereal, meaning it's kind of a cereal, but notttt really. (Cereal as in part of the grass family. Not as in Cheerios.)

  • Quinoa contains all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. It's also gluten-free and high in fiber, iron, calcium, and Vitamins A & E.

  • Quinoa almost disappeared. Spanish soldiers forbade the Incan people from cultivating quinoa for a while in the 1500's, partly because they realized the strength it provided Incan warriors. Rude.

  • There are over 160 varieties of this stuff. As a general rule, the golden varieties are fluffier and cook faster, while the darker versions are a bit crunchier and take a few minutes longer to cook. Not a game changer. Buy whatever's on sale.