Quinoa is an ancient grain from Aztec times. It contains all essential amino acids, making it a complete source of protein. This is unusual for plant based foods so it makes it a great source of protein for vegetarians and vegans.
It’s also high in a range of minerals and vitamins. Quinoa is a good source of phosphorus and is high in iron and magnesium. Quinoa is a source of zinc, folate, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin E.
How to cook:
Quinoa is cooked much like rice, rise under running water and cook with double the amount of water. For 4 servings, add 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of water, bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for around 15-20 minutes until all the water is removed.
How to eat:
Quinoa is very versatile. Use it in place of rice or couscous; have for breakfast as porridge or make into a salad. We’ll be sharing a tasty quinoa recipe tomorrow.