Chances are you have heard quinoa, this great little superfood or have come across it on some menu somewhere, but perhaps you may still be a little unsure on how to cook it and whether you should be incorporating it in your diet.
What is Quinoa?
This ancient grain originated in South America and has been a staple there for thousands of years. It has recently gained popularity in the Western world due to its fantastic nutritional benefits.
In fact, it is actually a seed and not a grain. It is gluten-free and is considered a whole-grain carbohydrate, as well as a whole protein – meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids.
Nutritional Benefits of Quinoa
- High in Protein
- High in Fiber
- Good source of B Vitamins & Iron
How to Cook
- Place 1 cup of Quinoa in a pot
- Cover with 2 cups of water or vegetable stock
- Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 mins with a closed lid
- Turn the heat off and leave for a further 5 mins with the lid on
My Favourite Recipes
Besides these recipes above, I often use quinoa as a replacement for rice. It has a much higher nutritional value and is far higher in protein which means that you feel more satisfied after eating a smaller portion. I find that it goes particularly well with indian curries, bean casseroles and as a side dish alongside yummy barbecue dishes.
I also give it to my son who absolutely loves it. Again it has a good protein content which as a (flexi) vegetarian is important for us.