Clean Eating Quinoa 101
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If you haven’t tried Quinoa yet (pronounced keen-wa) I’d say, now’s the time. It’s clean, simple, and delicious.
Technically, quinoa is a seed, but for all intents and purposes, we’ll keep things simple and group it with the grains. And in the world of grains, it just doesn’t get any easier than quinoa.
I use quinoa a lot in the kitchen. Mostly because of all the ‘grains’ out there it cooks up the fastest. Not only is it a nutrient powerhouse, but it’s also really convenient.
If you’re trying to find realistic ways to incorporate more nutritious ingredients into your kitchen, quinoa might just be your new best friend. I’m telling you, it’s that good and that easy!
Here are some good things to know about quinoa:
- It cooks up quickly (unlike most grains)
- It is packed with protein (as a matter of fact it is a complete protein)
- It’s got lots of fiber
- It has a low glycemic index… so it doesn’t spike blood sugar levels
- It’s light, yet it stays with you
- It’s wheat and gluten free
- It comes in different colors like red, orange and pink
- It’s delicious
Quinoa has a very light, fluffy texture with a creamy consistency and a slightly nutty flavor. It’s really good. I often use it instead of rice or pasta. But there really are a billion things you could do with it.
Some of my favorite recipes using quinoa include:
- Beet And Quinoa Salad
- Quinoa Tabouli W/ Feta Cheese + Chickpeas
- Black Bean And Quinoa Pita Pockets (video)
- Quinoa Raisin Muffins
- Butternut Squash And Quinoa Frittata
Check out the video below to learn everything you need to know about quinoa so that you can start using this nutritious seed in your kitchen today!
I’d love to hear what you like to do with this tasty ‘grain’. What’s your favorite recipe using Quinoa?
Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
Total Time: 12-17 minutes
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 2 cups cold water
Rinse Quinoa under cold water before cooking.
Place quinoa and water in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil.
Turn the heat to low, cover and allow to simmer for about 12-15 minutes.
When the quinoa is done, it will be translucent and have a little white circle around it (that's the germ).
If you want your quinoa to take on a nuttier flavor, you can dry roast it in a skillet for a few minutes before cooking.
Serving Size: 1/2 cup cooked quinoa: Calories: 127; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Carbohydrates: 23g, Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 0g; Protein: 4.5g