So to set the record straight it isn’t pronounced kwin-wah or kwuh-no-uh.
Quinoa is a flowering plant in the amaranth family of which we eat the seeds that are a rich source of protein, fibre and B vitamins. It is predominantly grown in the Andean region and exported around the world with crop prices more than tripling since 2006 which quinoa first hit our plates. It is also completely gluten-free making it an attractive choice for celiacs.
Nutritional value of quinoa
Out of all of the grains, quinoa is often considered one of the healthiest as it is relatively high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
In 100g of quinoa you’ll find:
- Calories: 120
- Water: 72%
- Protein: 4.4 grams
- Carbs: 21.3 grams
- Sugar: 0.9 grams
- Fiber: 2.8 grams
- Fat: 1.9 grams
Where to buy?
You can purchase uncooked quinoa from your local supermarket or health food store.
Cooking with quinoa
Quinoa is a chef’s best friend as it is such a versatile grain that you can substitute it for rice in a curry, add greater depth to a salad or even use it as a base to a cake! You prepare quinoa in a similar way to couscous via an absorption method on the stove, in the microwave or even the rice cooker.
Here are a couple of our favourite quinoa recipes.
Spicy quinoa salad
This healthy salad will get a 10 out of 10 from your family! Get the full recipe.
Pea and quinoa patties with roasted pumpkin
These delicious patties are made of quinoa and chia seeds, and are a great source of protein & fibre. Serving 4, it also comes with a side of roast pumpkin. Get the full recipe.
Peach & pistachio quinoa cake
This is one cake your friends won't have had! With honey, yoghurt, vanilla, pistachios and peaches, this cake is made with quinoa, meaning it's gluten-free. Get the full recipe.