What is Quinoa you ask? Pronounced keen-wah, it has gained a lot of recognition over the past few years. It is a grain that is gluten free and very high in protein. A lot of vegetarians use it as a way to get their protein without eating meat, beans, or fish. It is also a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. You cook it like you would cook rice so it's easy to prepare and even reheat. It has a nutty flavor and tastes great when mixed with salad greens or roasted vegetables.
I first had it at The Dutch in New York City. I ordered a green salad with roasted chicken and red quinoa. It was delicious and the next day, I went out and bought red quinoa. I have prepared it like I had it at The Dutch and also mixed it with roasted vegetables and black beans for a filling lunch. Quinoa is now very easy to find and can be purchased at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Costco, and even your local grocery store.
Here are some great recipes to try:
Black Bean Quinoa Salad and Squash with Quinoa Salad
Quinoa Pilaf with Cranberries and Almonds
Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers