Quinoa is neither a grain nor a cereal but actually a seed. It is related to the amaranth family but is actually closely related to spinach and beetroot! I bet you didn’t know that!! I didn’t either, I had to look it up. What I do know is it is crazy good for you, easy for you to digest, a complete protein – yeahy for vegans!, and is gluten free. It is also easy to cook. However, word on the street is, it can be bland. Ok I get it. But so can white rice or couscous and people make and eat those in droves. Quinoa over the years has been getting much more popular and that is great. We love it over here. Many of our meals, especially the vegan or gluten free ones contain it. We toast it to give a nice deep flavor and we season it. We always mix it with other farm fresh ingredients and we love to dress it up. Whether its in a salad with kale or mixed with dried fruits and nuts and served like a savory sweet rice, we can’t seem to get enough.
Oh did I mention, like rice it comes in different colors! You have your classic “white”, red or black! Each has its own taste profile and we just love them all.
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