Easy Quinoa Recipes
Our quinoa recipes are incredibly easy to put together, and while this seed is an ancient food, it goes perfectly with modern flavors such as pumpkin, sweet potato, pomegranate seeds and beetroot.
Quinoa is such a nutritious food, NASA is considering this crop for possible inclusion in their Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration human occupied spaceflights. Wow!
Quinoa - A Super Food
Delicious Yet Simple Salads
This ancient crop has been a primary staple food of
pre-Columbian Andean civilizations and was as important as the potato and maize. It was such an important crop the first sowing of the season was done by the Inca King with gold ceremonial instruments.
This crop continues to be grown in the Andes around Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador and is expensive primarily because it cannot be harvested mechanically. The seeds mature at different times on each plant and must be hand picked for harvesting.
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We've now re-discovered quinoa and it's now appreciated for its nutritional value, with its high protein content of 14% of mass, much higher than popular cereals. Nutritional evaluations of quinoa indicate that it is a source of complete protein, is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Additionally, as a source of calcium, it is ideal for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant. Quinoa is a seed, not a cereal and being gluten-free is easier to digest.
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