Quinoa (“KEEN-wah”) is a nutritionally superior source of non-animal protein. It is a complex carbohydrate that digests gradually and leaves you feeling fuller longer. It is high in vitamins and minerals such as riboflavin, calcium, vitamin E, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, folic acid and beta carotene. Its high fiber content helps to reduce blood pressure and to remove buildup of plaque in the arteries.
Quinoa seeds (often referred to as “grains”) are available in red, black and white, with white being the most commonly available. The colours can be mixed together for a bit of interest.
Quinoa has a protective coating, which can be bitter. It is a good idea to rinse quinoa before cooking, or even to soak it for a few hours before cooking. Simply washing it is often enough, as the coating is mostly washed off during commercial processing.
(Quinoa The Everyday Superfood, by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming)