Thursday, September 30, 2010

Whatever Rice Can Do, Quinoa Can Do Better

Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is America's new favorite superfood. Qunioa packs a nutritional punch that puts rice and wheat to shame, and based on yesterday's quinoa recipes on blogs it would seem that quinoa blends seamlessly into any culture's dishes. I believe whatever rice can do, quinoa can do better.

Quinoa Recipes 9/29/10

Here is a sampling of quinoa recipes posted around the blogiverse yesterday:

Zuppa Fiorentina - a simple Italian soup.

Quinoa Pilaf featuring Apple Mint - a twist on a Mediterranean favorite that was inspired by the abundance of apple mint in the blogger's garden.

Cornucopia of Quinoa

Apple and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash - an autumn treat I know my mother will love. I will be preparing this soon.

Roasted Vegetable and Garlic Quinoa - I imagine this could fill my kitchen with savory aromas this winter.

Bulk Quinoa at Whole Foods

1 lb quinoa
I went to the store and bought a pound of quinoa yesterday. I hadn't been able to find quinoa in the local Market Basket, but Whole Foods has a bulk grains section that sells a pound for about the same price as the 14 ounce package I bought at Market Basket over the summer. What a relief, to pay less for something at Whole Foods. Plus Whole Foods is about .8 miles from my new home, so I can walk there and make the trip a health bonus.

Today I plan to cook Salvadoran Red Beans and Lime Quinoa, I will let you know how that turns out.

Remember: Whatever rice can do, quinoa can do better. 

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