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Quinoa
Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Healthy Quinoa Recipes

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Healthy Quinoa Recipes

Recipes for pastas, salads, breads, tabouli, and more.


Quinoa Salad Recipe

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This tabouli (tabouleh) is light but full of taste and texture.

quinoa bread recipe

Best Bread Recipe

It tastes as good as it looks. From start to finish this recipe will take 11 - 15 hours (8 - 12 hours the bread will be rising in your refrigerator). Let it rise today and bake tomorrow - it is worth the wait.

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Oat and Quinoa Bread Recipe

One of our best gluten free bread recipes, this bread is the perfect balance of "just-right" sweetness, whole grain flavor, and texture. From start to finish it will take about 2 1/2 hours.

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Cereal Recipe

A healthy breakfast recipe to start your morning off right.

More Recipes

Quinoa sushi, puddings, pilafs, muffin, and more.

What is Quinoa?

Nutrition information for Quinoa including its health benefits, calories, and protein.

The Mother Grain

Pronounced KEEN-wah, this nutritious whole grain is grown in the Andes of South America and has been a staple of the Inca Indians and their descendants for centuries. Its name means "Mother Grain" though it is actually a seed, it belongs to the group called "ancient grains" that includes Amaranth, Spelt, Kamut, Barley, Buckwheat, and Millet.

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Nutrition Information

Like other ancient grains, it is extremely nutritious. Its protein, though less than some whole grains, is 90% digestible, meaning its protein quality is as good or better than that found in milk. In fact, it contains every essential amino-acid. For complete calorie and nutrition information, click here.

As if this healthy, whole food didn't have enough going for it, it is also incredibly easy to grow. It has a natural ability to fend off pests and yield large nutritious crops from poor soil. Many people believe this whole grain food will be the key to feeding the large populations in our future.

Taste
It has a light, smokey, nutty flavor that many people find pleasing, which has helped it to gain recent popularity in North America.

Shelf-Life
It should be eaten within 3 - 6 months of purchase, but if refrigerated and
stored properly, it can last as long as a year.

Cooking Quinoa
Everything about how to cook, make, and use this healthy whole grain....

Where to Buy
Find out where to buy this nutritious grain locally and online...

History

This whole grain has been an important crop for the people of South America for 6,000 years. It was revered by the Inca civilization. The Incas had such reverence for this crop that the Emperor would sow the first seeds of the season using golden implements. They also used it in their religious ceremonies. However, Spanish colonists disapproved of these rituals and in an effort to stop them, forbade anyone from growing it. For many years it was grown in secret in the remote mountains of Peru until its glorious past was forgotten.

It was considered "Indian food" for hundreds of years until recently when it started to make a comeback. With its easy cultivation and highly nutritious crop, it has gotten the attention of organic farmers and health conscious consumers. It is now a popular item in health food stores.

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