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For those of you who have already joined the challenge, you know that next week’s goal is to try a new grain. Most of us are familiar with wheat, rice, and oatmeal, but what about kamut, millet, quinoa and many other less familiar grains? Complete your goal next week by trying something new. You might be surprised by how well you like it. Check below for tips on cooking with whole grains.
Today, I’ll highlight one of my favorite grains, quinoa. Quinoa is not technically a grain, but because of the way it is prepared and eaten, it gets classified as such. There are over 120 varieties. Red, white, and black are the most commonly available. Some specialty and health food stores may also carry quinoa flakes and quinoa flour. Packed full of nutrition, it is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 of the essential amino acids your body needs. It is also a great option for those following a gluten free diet.
So what do you do with quinoa? Quinoa can do it all! It’s mild flavor and fluffy, but slightly crunchy texture pair well with many types of recipes. A new recipe I tried recently is Cilantro Lime Quinoa.
It makes a great side dish for any Mexican inspired meal or it can be refrigerated and heated up as a quick snack. You might even add some grilled chicken to the recipe and serve it rolled in a whole wheat tortilla.
Here are a few other favorite quinoa recipes. Enjoy!
Certified Nutrition Education Assistant