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Quinoa–uh… what is that?

Heard of Quinoa (ˈkiːnwɑː) but don’t know what it is or how to say it or where to get it or how to cook it???  I was there once.  It is an amazingly high protein grain and should be available at most your grocery stores.  You can look up the history on Wikipedia and get all the details.  But all you really need to know is it has a great nutritional value for a cereal since the protein percent is 18% and contains a balanced set of amino acids, making it a complete protein source (unlike wheat or rice).  It is not too difficult to find and is SUPER easy (and fast) to cook!

 

On NatureMomsBlog, Tiffany shares 10 new ways to cook Quinoa, I would highly recommend checking out a couple.   She has suggestions from burritos to veggies and even with a salsa mixture. If you don’t want to try anything new, try substituting Quinoa for your rice in your favorite dish.

Quinoa can be a bit pricey,  I have found that the cheapest place to get it is to check out the health food store/co-op, there you can find Quinoa in bulk as opposed to the really expensive tiny box at Meijer.  So pick up a box or bag on your next shopping trip and make this small change to improve your family’s diet!!!

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