Quinoa seems to become a new carb superstar overnight; everybody is crazy about it and is popping up in every grocery stores. However, to truly know its increased popularity, go check out Pinterest; it must have a million of recipe pins on Quinoa. For the longest time I ignore this new carb because I just love my rice. What is Quinoa anyway? What is the big deal about Quinoa? Until it came to a point that I just could not ignore it anymore. I finally decided to find out more about this new superstar. Here are what I found out about Quinoa……
Facts about Quinoa, it is…..
- A gluten free food.
- High in protein and a good source of complete protein.
- High in fiber and loaded with antioxidants.
- A low glycemic food, in fact, it is on the low end of the index.
- A good source of manganese, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, and zinc.
- Considered as the world healthiest food.
I think you got the idea by now, Quinoa is REALLY good for you!! Think of it, the Vegans and Vegetarians like it because it has complete protein; the gluten intolerant people can eat it because it is gluten free; and the diabetics and weight watchers love it because it is low glycemic which will not spike their blood sugar. For the rest of us, it simply tastes good and is good for our bodies. Now, you know why people are crazy about it.
The two most common Quinoa are the White and Red varieties. Here are pictures of them:
To prepare it, you can cook it like cooking your rice, in fact, I use my rice cooker to cook Quinoa a lot. The ratio of Quinoa to water/liquid is 1:2; so one cup of Quinoa to 2 cups of liquid. Simply enough! To add more favors to my Quinoa, I also use broth instead of water like when I make homemade Rice-A-Roni. Here is a recipe I created that looks and tastes as good as Rice-A-Roni. Enjoy and let me know you like it.
Add diced tomatoes and cook for a few minutes.
Add chicken broth and stir the mixture so it will not stick to the bottom of the pot. Cook until the broth starts to bubble, then add in the dried herbs. Cover and simmer for about 15 – 20 minutes in medium heat or until broth is all absorbed. Turn off the stove and let it stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Look at this beautiful Quinoa-A-Roni!! A perfect side dish that you and your family will love.