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Have You Heard of Quinoa?

Over the last few months we have been trying to expand our foods with new healthy foods. Our Healthy Midlifer, Grant told about a food we hadn’t heard of before, Quinoa. Turns out this food has been around a long time. It’s not a grain but a seed.

We have served it as a side dish like we would rice and have also served quinoa as a main dish with meat and vegetables together.

Our whole family loves it. My teenage daughter eats any leftovers even before we get to them and has asked me to cook more in advance so she can have the leftovers. That never happens with her with other healthy foods. We were having two of her friends over for dinner and not knowing if they would eat it or not, I cooked the quinoa and roasted vegetables separate and had 3 bowls on the table (quinoa only, vegetables only, and mixed together). Both of her friends ate the mixed bowl and had seconds. We were amazed.

The nutritional value of this food is great. I compared quinoa to brown rice. Here are the results. We consider brown rice a healthy food and quinoa still comes in way ahead and our family prefers the flavor.

Brown Rice

¼ cup uncooked

Calories 150

Total Fat 1 g

Total Carbs 32 g

Fiber 1 g

Protein 3 g

 

Quinoa

¼ cup uncooked

Calories 160

Total Fat 2.5 g

Total Carbs 29 g

Fiber 3 g

Protein 6 g

It cooks like rice in about 20 minutes just like rice. You can replace rice with quinoa in most any of your favorite recipes.

If you haven’t tried it, I strongly suggest getting some and try it out. I have purchased it at Whole Foods both in the bulk food section and pantry sections. Ask your grocer to get it if they don’t carry it. If you are struggling to find it locally, you can purchase it on-line at Amazon.com.

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