quinoaComing back from the US recently I overheard an American woman in front of me say “can I have the Quinoa please”.  Wondering what it was I googled it, and of course bought it.

Quinoa – it’s not bad actually in terms of taste and has generated quite the buzz around it and apparently  it’s pronounced ‘keen-wah’.

 So what is Quinoa then?  It’s a pseudocereal…relax! I know, what’s a pseudocereal? Forget that. The’re seeds basically. However unlike rice, yes i am comparing this to rice, because I use rice almost every day and this is a perfect replacement for that meal once a week, Quinoa seems to contain more protein and according to this website, is pretty close to a perfect ingredient.

Quinoa is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals and is a good course of fibre

Facts via myfitnesspal.com

So how do you cook this? Well you can do lots of things with this to make a nice meal, but I just wanted to replace rice, what I did was just cook this in the rice cooker and served it for my lunch with chicken and veg. Probably not the tastiest of meals in terms of flavour, but perfect for my lunch and pre gym meal. You can find this in Dunnes Stores, in the specialist and gluten free sections, it’s not exactly cheap either, but handy to have in the cupboard for when you fancy a change.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever had this, and doing anything more exciting that cook this in the rice cooker.


John Ryan

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