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Q is for quinoa

This ancient seed is certainly the flavour of the month in the culinary world.

Quinoa is a small, typically light-colored grain. As well as the light colored variety, it is also available in red, purple and black.

Quinoa is a good source of protein, fibre, magnesium and iron. It is cooked with a 2:1 water to quinoa ratio and can be prepared in your rice cooker. As well as being highly nutritious, quinoa has a low glyceamic index and is a gluten-free grain. Combined with a slightly nutty flavour and simplicity to prepare, it can be used in salads, stir-frys, soups or in place of rice.

Quinoa is also a great option to replace white grains in your diet such as white rice. Some other suggestions for how to include quinoa into your winter diet are:

  • mixed through stews and casseroles
  • tossed in salads or roast vegetables
  • cooked in hearty winter soups
  • as a substitute for mashed potato or white rice
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