Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is an ancient South American staple cultivated from the pristine Andean mountains. It is revered as "the mother grain" and known to be "the gold of the Incas". Quinoa is most frequently used as a rice substitute, but carries its own unique nutritional profile and texture.
This popular grain has a mild nutty flavor and can be enjoyed in both sweet and savory dishes. Chosen Foods quinoa is sourced from the indigenous Aymara people of Bolivia. They are farmers of a unique variety of Quinoa called "quinoa royal" or "royal Quinoa".
Health Benefits of Quinoa
Our quinoa is a complete protein source that contains all of the essential amino acids, making it highly suitable for vegetarians who typically follow a plant-based diet.
Quinoa also contains other essential minerals such as, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and is a high source of manganese.
As a seed, it is naturally gluten-free and contains more protein per percentage than rice or wheat. Quinoa also has double the calcium of wheat. In addition, the seed is high in fiber and won't spike blood sugar because it is a low gylemic food. It contains antioxidants which aid in tissue repair & growth.
How to use Quinoa
Quinoa can be seamlessly integrated into your every day diet as an easy for swap for rice or oatmeal in your breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipes.
1 cup Quinoa + 1.4 cups water (or broth for savory dishes) = 4 servings. Add Quinoa, liquid and desired herbs and spices to pan and bring to a simmer.
Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook until quinoa is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 20-25 minutes. Mix, serve and enjoy!