Try Experimenting with Cooking Quinoa!
If you have never tried it before, you may want to give quinoa a try. It tastes great and is one of the best sources of plant based protein that you can find. Cooked quinoa has a slightly nutty flavor and is both fluffy and slightly crunchy. Even though you may have never heard of it before, quinoa has actually be grown for over 5,000 years in the mountains of South American. It was particularly important to the Inca’s for whom it played a key role in both their culture and diet. In fact, they valued it so much that some say they considered to to be more valuable than gold.
You will very often here quinoa refereed to as a grain, but it is actually a seed. Its closest relatives are spinach and chard.
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The biggest reason that nutritional experts are so taken with quinoa, is the fact that it is one of just a handful of vegetarian foods that offers the body a complete protein source. While it is possible to get all of the amino acids you need on a vegetarian diet, it often involved combining foods. With quinoa, however, that is not necessary because it has everything that your body needs. In addition to being a rich source of protein it also provides your body with copper, iron, magnesium, riboflavin and calcium.
Because it can be prepared in so many different ways and there are many ways how to cook quinoa perfectly, most anyone can find a way to enjoy quinoa. One of the most common ways is to prepare a quinoa salad. If you enjoy warm cereals in the morning, try making one with quinoa. You can even add quinoa to whole grains to make a cereal. Do you have a favorite black bean recipe? If it calls for rice, simply substitute quinoa! It is easy to find a way that you will love quinoa!