I have a kitchen romance with quinoa and have ever since I went vegan in my teens.
For those of you who don't know what it is Wikipedia says this:
"Quinoa (/ˈkiːnwɑː/ or /kɨˈnoʊ.ə/, Spanish: quinua, from Quechua: kinwa), a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the true grass family. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beetroots, spinach and tumbleweeds.
It is quite high in protein, lacks gluten, and is tolerant of dry soil."
So, gluten free, SUPER nutritious, teeny seeds that turn out kind of like couscous. I recommend it to everyone.
The things I like to do with it are:
In anything requiring ground meat, add quinoa. It will 'fill it out' and make your meat go further and more nutritiously without losing texture. This especially helps if you're freezer cooking and trying to make the meat go in as many meals as possible. Works great in tacos, shepherd's pie, lasagna... whatever you need.
Seasoned with curry-type spices especially lots of cumin with stirfried veggies and seasoned tofu or seitan added in when it's done.
Plain or with salt and pepper.
I'm looking for new uses though. Any of you out there eat quinoa? What's your favorite recipe?
If you do get some, get the white/tan kind not the red kind because it is supposed to be better. And a little bit goes a LONG way. And if you don't get prewashed kind, make sure you rinse it thoroughly first because it has a *natural* soapy coating on it that is bitter if you don't wash it off.
The kind I buy.... something Mills in a plastic bag, normally near the flax meal comes prewashed. It is like 6 dollars for a little bag, but like I said it goes a loooooong way.