Nutty, earthy, and packed with fiber and protein, quinoa is a healthy grain that you can use in pilafs, soups, casseroles, and salads. Splash your favorite milk and a spoonful of honey into a bowl of quinoa to make a great breakfast cereal too.

This grain is so versatile that if you cooked quinoa every week, you could never use it in the same recipe twice!


Quinoa “grains” are actually the seeds from an annual flowering plant in the amaranth family, most closely related to spinach.

Familiar grains like rice and wheat are seeds from grasses, and they have a different structure (bran, germ, and endosperm), so technically quinoa is classified as a pseudo-cereal, since it is neither a grain nor a cereal.

The cultivation of quinoa originated in the Andes region of South America, but it is now grown throughout the world. Its short cooking time,…

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