It is the best! I am a huge fan. Some people don’t like it because of the texture but it is a texture worth getting used to. Here’s why:
- It’s healthy! Quinoa is packed with protein, fiber, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, zinc, potassium, magnesium, selenium, and iron. The best part is that it contains all the essential amino acids that your body needs and is gluten-free. Perfect. (When I make a meal with no meat, the only way to get my husband to eat it is to explain that quinoa is full of protein. And it works :) )
- It is so easy to cook. You really can’t ruin it. It is a 1:2 ratio of quinoa to liquid. I usually use water and throw some salt in there. You can also use any broth to add some flavor to it. Although quinoa is a seed, it cooks up like a grain and absorbs all the liquid.
- The variety of options is endless. I buy the big bag at Costco so I always have some on hand. I use it as a rice and pasta replacement (but I still use those things too). It can be used as a side, to make cold salads, or added to some hot soup. My husband loves it with a can of cream of chicken soup, green beans, broccoli (you can add any vegetables you like), and some shredded chicken. It is also frequently used with stir fries at our house. There really are so many options. And they are all so good. Another idea is cooking it in milk with cinnamon and honey or brown sugar for a supposedly amazing hot breakfast cereal (I have yet to try this, but am so excited about it). For recipes and ideas using quinoa, check out these sites: Healthy Eats, Cooking Quinoa, and AllRecipes.com.