that is how quinoa is pronounced!   man, i knew this superfood was good, but i didn't know it was THIS GOOD!   you have GOT to start incorporating this "grain" into your diet ASAP!!!
fun facts about quinoa...
  • it is actually not a grain, but a seed
  • it is a relative of beets, spinach, and chard
  • it comes in a variety of colors including the typical white/yellow and orange, pink, red, purple, and black
  • the leaves are edible, but difficult to find (i have never had the leaves!)
  • it is consider the "ancient grain" and was consider "the gold of the Incas" in south america
  • it is a complete protein!  yep that's right, it contains all the amino acids in the right proportions! so great for vegetarians and vegans!
  • it is a very good source of manganese, and a good source of iron and magnesium
  • it is covered in saponins, which is a "soapy" film that can cause a bitter taste, so it is recommended to rinse the seeds before cooking (see pic below!)
  • it only takes 15 minutes to cook and i go by a 1 to 1.75 ratio of the seeds to liquid (most advise a 1-2, but i feel like i get a better result from 1-1.75)  so if you do one cup quinoa, do 1 and 3/4 cup liquid
  • it is suitable for celiac patients due to the absence of gluten
  • it can be used to make pasta (some natural food stores sell quinoa pasta)
  • it has a very low glycemic load, great for diabetic patients!
  • it is high in oxalate, so eat in moderation if you are on a low-oxalate diet or are prone to kidney stones!!!
nutrition facts...1/2 cup cooked = 111 cals, 2g fat, 19g carbs, 3g fiber, and 4g protein

it expands when it cooks just like rice, so one cup uncooked = about 3 cups cooked! 
today i made a ton, so we can eat off of it for the whole week!

here is how i rinse it

tonight, i am making THIS RECIPE
however, i am using tofu instead of cottage cheese because ryan and i are eliminating some things from our diets this week just for kicks!  well, we are really doing it to see what all the hype is about over gluten and diary free diets.  he is not eating gluten or dairy and i am not eating gluten.  we are just testing it out and do not in any way recommend it yet!
you can use quinoa any time you would use rice or pasta.  you can eat it for breakfast with fruit and nuts, you can put it in a salad with beans and lettuce, you can put it in soups, and i am sure you could incorporate it into baked desserts (will have to try this!).

so as Starsky would say....DO IT.....DO IT!