With the Christmas festivities and New Year celebrations behind us I can put away my baking tins for a bit and concentrate on healthier fare.
I’ve been using Quinoa for a good couple of decades now, it was a great little find back then when Mr ND became a vegetarian and a great source of non-animal protein for him. I have a lot of staple family recipes that I have used over the years and Quinoa has proved a great addition to both my children’s diets too.
Simply adding a heaped tablespoon of cooked Quinoa to established dishes like chilli or casseroles will give an extra nutritional boost. Or add to porridge for breakfast for extra protein. As cooked Quinoa will last in the fridge for a few days, you can boil some up and use daily as needed.
|cooked Quinoa – plain and simple!|
Quinoa is a nutrient-rich high protein superfood containing complex carbohydrates. It is easily digested, high in soluble fibre and very versatile and as 2013 has been declared International Year of Quinoa by the United Nations to recognise the nutritional, ecological, and economic benefits of Quinoa I shall be endeavouring to post a weekly Quinoa Recipe from our kitchen.
Quinoa, pronouced keen-wa (it will always been quin-o-a to me as no-one knew how to pronounce it back then so it has stuck!), was called the “mother grain” by the ancient Inca’s. It is actually a seed rather than a grain and unlike rice or wheat is a complete protein containing all 8 essential amino acids. It is amazingly full of vitamins and minerals which you can see listed below and to those who are gluten-intolerant or avoiding gluten as I do at times, it is completely gluten-free. The pre-biotic nutrients in Quinoa also help to feed the good pro-biotic bacteria microflora in our intestines.
Other health benefits of Quinoa include assisting weight loss and building muscle. It can help with diabetes as it has a low glycemic index and is a complex carbohydrate, sugars digest slowly which can maintain correct insulin levels. Quinoa promotes cardiovascular health and effective in the prevention of clogged arteries and many more health concerns. This truly is an amazing seed!
Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, E, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Isoleucine, Serine, Proline, Glycine, Glutamic, Aspartic acid, Alanine, Histidine, Arginine, Valine, Manganese, Copper, Threonine, Phenylalanine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine & Tyrosine.