Quinoa Grain

Organic Quinoa Grain

The main difference between conventionally produced and organic food is the way they are cultivated.

Organic food is made according to some set of production standards- without the use of pesticides, antibiotics or genetically altered organisms.

Hailed as one of the superfoods, quinoa is packed with high quality protein and 9 essential amino acids. This is such a great news for vegetarians! You don’t have to beat yourself up in eating Soy and Beans every single day to satisfy your protein needs. While it is true that these two are good sources of protein, they do not contain all the essential amino acids or what is commonly known as complete protein.

Quinoa contains more iron than most grains and it is rich in calcium, phosphorous, folate and B vitamins.

It is also loaded with potassium, magnesium and manganese. What about the calories in each serving? A cup of uncooked quinoa has approximately 637 calories. When cooked, one cup has about 254 calories. Not bad at all right?

Whole Grain Quinoa

The whole grain quinoa has ancient origins and it is dated back over five thousand years to the mighty Inca civilization of South America. Quinoa was so important to the Incas that they referred to it as their gold. Whole grain quinoa is also referred by the experts as the Supergrain of the future because of its unique qualities that no other grains can match. It contains more protein than any other grain.

Whole grain quinoa is perfect for people who follow a gluten-free diet. It is light, very tasty and easy to digest. It also keeps you feeling full for a long time minus the calories and fats.

Cooking Quinoa Grain

I can’t tell you enough how easy it is to cook and prepare quinoa. The most common mistake that first timers usually make is not rinsing the quinoa properly before cooking it. Make sure you rinse it very well, put it into a fine strainer and run water through it until you see that the water runs clear. It shouldn’t be sudsy. There are some types of quinoa that do not require some rinsing though. Always read package directions to make sure you do it right the first time.

The simplest way to cook quinoa is to boil it like rice. Take one part of quinoa with two parts of water or broth and bring to a boil and let it simmer for 15 minutes (covered) or until the germ separates from the seed. You can definitely use a rice cooker using the same proportions.

Quinoa Grain Recipes

Garlic Quinoa with Parmesan Cheese

1 tbsp butter
1 small yellow onion, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1.) In a medium sized pan, saute the onion and garlic in butter over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes or until onions are translucent. Reduce heat to medium low.

2.) Add the vegetable broth and quinoa. Cover, and allow to simmer until liquid is mostly absorbed and quinoa is cooked, about fifteen minutes.

3.) Remove from heat, and gently mix quinoa to distribute any excess moisture. Season with salt to taste and top with Parmesan cheese.

Quick and Easy Hot Quinoa Cereal

1 cup cooked quinoa
Dash of cinnamon
Milk and honey
Thinly sliced apples
Handful of seedless raisins or dried cranberries

Mix all the dry ingredients together and serve with milk and honey. You can also use low-calorie sugar in place of honey.

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