Quinoa - The Mother Grain
I usually make salads with it, but I have started dry grinding it in my Vitamix dry blade jug and adding the fine powder to smoothies and porridge. My next project is to make bread with it.
I love it, even the sound of it and I am trying to incorporate it into more meals. It is known as a superfood and if you read on you will find out why.
- First off, it is pronounced keen-wah. I love the way that sounds!
- The Incas used it for thousands of years. They named it the 'mother grain'.
- It is actually a seed, not a grain.
- Unlike rice or wheat, quinoa is a complete protein that contains all 9 essential amino acids.
- It is high in dietary fibre, phosphorus, copper, zinc and iron.
- It contain Vitamins E and Vitamin B2,
- It's high in magnesium and riboflavin (B2), which can help migraine sufferers.
- It contains Lysine which is especially important in tissue growth and repair.
- It's low fat. One cup of cooked quinoa contains just 3.4g fat, 222 calories and 9g of protein.
- It contains 5 times more calcium than animal protein and 9 times more iron than that found in a single serving of meat.
- It's a pro-biotic and feeds the good bacteria called ‘microflora’ in the intestines.
- It's a good source of insoluble fiber, promoting healthy elimination processes, helping maintain colon health and preventing the formation of gallstones
- In its whole grain form, it is said to be effective in the prevention and treatment of artherosclerosis, breast cancer, diabetes and insulin resistance
- Quinoa is gluten-free and you can grind it into flour to make bread.
- Last of all, it tastes great, it has a slightly nutty taste.
- Sweet Potato and Pineapple Quinoa Waffles (The Queen of Quinoa)
- Chocolate Quinoa Protein Cereal (Glow Kitchen)
- Vegan Banana and Quinoa Pancakes (Glow Kitchen)
- Quinoa and Banana Muffins (Fuss Free Flavours)
- Greek Lemon and Quinoa Soup (The Taste Space)
- Mushroom & Quinoa Salad with Feta (Tinned Tomatoes)
- Carnival Stuffed Squash with Cranberry, Maple, Quinoa and Beans (The Taste Space)
photo/The Taste Space
- Quinoa with Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Leeks & Slivered Almonds (Gluten-Free Goddess)
- Portabello Mushrooms Stuffed with Quinoa (Lisa's Kitchen)
- Mushroom and Mixed Grain Risotto (Fuss Free Flavours)
- Quinoa and Pea Spice Croquettes (Cook Republic)
- Quinoa Wraps with Sweet Potato, Tofu Feta and a Sweet Tahini Dipping Sauce (The Taste Space)
- Black-Eyed Pea and Quinoa Croquettes with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce (Lisa's Kitchen)
- Raspberry Cream Cheese Muffins with Quinoa (Calla's Cokbook)
Disclosure: Vitamix sent me a Vitamix Dry Blade to try out. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.