Healthy Cooking with Quinoa

Yasmin Fahr

When you read the word quinoa in a recipe do you know what that refers to?  If you do not, you are not alone.  Quinoa is a traditional Native American food which has lately come back in fashion to eat due to its natural and health properties.    Quinoa is an amino acid-rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked.  Most commonly considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. It is a recently rediscovered ancient "grain" once considered "the gold of the Incas."

Quinoa was used as the food for the Inca warriors, as they noticed that the "grain" increased their stamina.  That is due to the fact that quinoa is infused with complete protein which means that it includes all nine essential amino acids.  It is also filled with other health building nutrients and is incredibly useful for those who suffer from migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

Many new recipes include quinoa as an ingredient, from basic quinoa with peas and corn as an easy, filling, healthy meal to more complex meals such as chicken and quinoa salad with radacchio.  Do not be put off by a recipe that contains this natural ingredient, as quinoa is infused with nutrients and is one of the most healthy and natural ingredients out there. 

Cooking is simple, with many recipes calling for quinoa to be prepared just like rice.  You can season it or add vegetables to make it the perfect accompaniment to any meal, or cook with meats as a main course.  Quinoa also makes the perfect healthy breakfast, mixing it with honey, almonds or berries.  Find recipes for quinoa at

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