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OK, I must be slow because everyone knows about this stuff, but I have just this moment discovered Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah).  I cooked the pot (above) quite easily, just boil, simmer and fluff.  It’s delicious!  It is chewy and kind of nutty and can substitue for white or brown rice or couscous.  It is considered a “super-food” in that it is a complete protein.

Try to get the boxed kind (as opposed to scooping it out of a bulk foods bin) because the nice people who put it in the box get rid of the bitter-tasting coating called saponins and save you the trouble of a lot of rinsing.

Wikipedia says that quinoa originated in the Andean region of South America where it has been an important food for 6,000 years.  Prized for it’s high protein content, it’s commonly referred to by the Incans as “the mother of all grains” and considered sacred.

It’s also whole grain, high fiber, gluten free and easily digestible.  NASA is considering using it on long duration spaceflights!

Well, I’m not traveling to outer space, but I did engage it here in Brooklyn as a bed for my chickpea kale stew, and the quinoa and the stew liked each other a lot, they will forever be a happy couple in my cooking repertoire.  Keen!



  1. I heart Quinoa!! If you ever need a food taster for these delicious dishes…. count me in!!

  2. I love quinoa, too, and use it as a substitute for all sorts of grains– rice, cracked wheat, and definitely couscous when I make a tagine.

  3. Me three! I love Quinoa. That stuff is great and really healthy indeed. A Peruvian girl introduced me to it years ago, after i argued it was couscous she dumped me. How sensitive!

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