Food of the Month: Quinoa

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Why Eat Quinoa:

Quinoa is one super grain! It is packed with B-Vitamins, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and Vitamin E. Like most other grains, quinoa is high in fiber, which helps to regulate digestion and has been shown to be beneficial for heart health. Quinoa is unique in that it is the only grain that provides a complete protein (meaning that it has all of the essential amino acids that we need).

How to Eat Quinoa:

Quinoa has a slightly nutty flavor and comes in many color varieties.  It makes a great rice substitute and can be prepared in a similar way. Rinse 1 cup quinoa under cold running water, rubbing slightly with fingers. Add quinoa and 2 cups water to a pot, heat till boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until grains are translucent. Fluff with a fork and use as you would rice (great with stir-fry or cold in a salad). Quinoa can also be eaten as a warm breakfast cereal similar to oatmeal, just add a bit of milk of choice, maple syrup and toppings. It is delicious as a substitute for bulgar wheat in Tabouleh recipes.