Hot to cook Quinoa? What is Quinoa & Where it Originated: Quinoa (pronounced as kveen·vaa) is a flowering plant in the amarnath family. It's a grain crop primarily used for its edible seeds. After harvest the seeds are processed to remove the bitter tasting outer seed coat. Quinoa is gluten free and can be used instead of wheat or rice in many dishes. It's interesting to note that cooked quinoa supplies almost same amount of protein, dietary fiber and minerals.Quinoa originated in the Andean region of northwest South America and was domesticated 3,000 to 4,000 years ago for human consumption in the Lake Titicaca basin of Peru and Bolivia. Nutritional Value Of Quinoa: Quinoa is high on nutrient content such as VIT B, E and dietary fiber. And twice the protein content of rice or barley, it is also a good source of calcium and magnesium. Quinoa is among the least allergenic of all the 'grains', making it a fantastic wheat-free choice. Like buckwheat, quinoa has an excellent amino acid profile, as it contains all nine essential amino acids making it a complete-protein source. Quinoa is therefore an excellent choice for vegans. This is why quinoa is also called the super food or super grain. A 100gm serving of cooked quinoa provide 120 calories, 4g protein, 19g carbs and 2g fiber. How To Cook Quinoa: Quinoa tends to fluff up after cooking. So for every one cup of quinoa you get 2 cups of cooked quinoa.
Here are some quinoa recipes you can try
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- Stock can also be used to cook quinoa.
- Cooked quinoa seeds become fluffy and creamy yet maintains a slight crunch. It has a delicate and subtly nutty flavour, versatile for breakfast (as a cereal), lunch (as a salad) or dinner (as a side).
Calories: 156 kcal | Carbohydrates: 27 g | Protein: 6 g | Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g | Sodium: 299 mg | Potassium: 239 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Vitamin A: 6 IU | Calcium: 24 mg | Iron: 2 mg