Quinoa (prounounced KEEN-wah) was a staple food of the ancient Incas who called it "the mother grain." It has recently become wildly popular in the U.S. and is a good thing to keep in the pantry. There's white, red and black quinoa, all good. Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain and is considered a complete protein because it contains all eight essential amino acids. It is also lower in carbohydrates and higher in unsaturated fats than most grains. It cooks faster than rice and expands to about four times its original volume. It can be used in salads, soups, side dishes, main dishes. Try it in easy-to-put-together rice cakes. Vary vegetables depending on what you have on hand. … Back to Article
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