Gaining more and more popularity, quinoa is now found on supermarket shelves and is one of the essentials to have in your pantry!
Gone are the days when quinoa was exclusively for health food stores! Still skeptical Its nutritional value, its nutty taste and its versatility will no doubt convince you to add it to the grocery cart!!
« Inca Golden Seed»
Originally from South America, quinoa, also called the Incas' golden seed, has been cultivated for more than 5000 years. However, its culinary use is quite recent in Quebec homes. Like buckwheat and amaranth, quinoa is considered a pseudo-grain. Indeed, although it is prepared and eaten like a cereal, it is nevertheless the fruit of a plant.nte.
From a nutritional standpoint, quinoa contains twice as much protein as other grain products such as rice and couscous. Quinoa proteins are said to be complete, since they provide all the amino acids essential for the proper functioning of the body. With its high fiber content (5.5 g per cup of cooked quinoa), it helps prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes, ensures good bowel function and contributes to satiety. Quinoa is an excellent source of magnesium, iron and potassium. Gluten-free, it is suitable for the menu of people with celiac disease (gluten intolerance). Although the color of the beans varies according to the species (red, pink, brown, yellow), this does not affect its nutritional value.ve.
Good to know!
It is advisable to rinse the quinoa before cooking it. Why The reason is very simple! Quinoa is coated with substances called saponins that can interfere with nutrient absorption and can also impart a bitter taste to the food. It is therefore advisable to rinse it with running water until the water no longer foams.us.
Quinoa on the menu!
Quinoa is a great alternative to most cereals more traditionally used as an accompaniment (rice, pasta, couscous). To prepare it, it is cooked for fifteen minutes over low heat in water previously brought to a boil. Delicious in salads, it can also be incorporated into soups and soups and, why not, into stir-fries!!
The food industry also offers several quinoa-based products: granola bars, breads, crackers. Some companies even go so far as to offer products whose star food is quinoa. This is particularly the case for the brand GoGoQuinoa which offers products like spaghetti, noodles, instant quinoa flakes (nice alternative to oatmeal!), quinoa flour and more.
To taste it is to adopt it!