Benefits of Quinoa
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), known as the "mother of all grains," is my pick for one of the best protein sources and rice replacement. Of course, we all know white rice is not the first choice when it comes to staying slim. It is high in carbs and low in protein. As a healthier choice, some people eat brown rice instead of white. But quinoa, in my opinion, stands head and shoulders above even brown rice. Its protein content is very high (12-18%) and it's low in carbs, which is especially important for vegetarians and vegans. What's more, it is a complete protein source, containing a balanced set of essential amino acids. Quinoa is also a great source of fiber and high in magnesium and iron; you just can't argue with the power in its punch! And the best quality? It tastes great!
Prepare quinoa as you would prepare rice. I use a rice cooker to make life easier for myself. Use one part quinoa to two parts water. For example, put one cup of quinoa and two cups of water into your rice cooker, put the lid on, press the "cook" button and you're done! (To make quinoa extra tasty, use vegetable broth instead of water). You can make great vegetable pilaf with this, or just eat it with stir-fry. Like I said, it is a great rice substitute, so add it wherever you would add rice in your dishes. Bon appetit!
Looking for some quinoa cookbooks? Try these:
- The New Whole Grain Cookbook
- The Art of Cooking With Quinoa
- The New Book of Whole Grains
- The Whole Grain Cookbook