Quinoa, quinoa, quinoa, why is everyone talking about this relatively inexpensive, protein rich seed with a nutty texture? Yes quinoa is a seed, not a grain as many suggest, but can be prepared like whole grains such as rice and barley. One of it’s biggest draws is its considerable protein content. Quinoa is a complete protein containing the amino acids isoleucine, leucine, lysine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, cysteine, methionine, threonine, histidine, tryptophan and valine. This is a great boost for vegetarians and vegans looking for a quality protein source. A cup of cooked quinoa containing 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Another bonus given the recent trend of gluten free products is that there is no gluten in quinoa.
Quinoa is easy to prepare as it can be sprouted or cooked relatively quickly. Generally I use a 2-to-1 ratio of water to quinoa when boiling. Another great thing about quinoa is that you can use it in so many ways. Just sprinkle some on a salad or throw some in your smoothie for an added nutritional power-up.
My recipe can be made raw (with sprouted quinoa) or with cooked quinoa. This recipe is dealers choice!