Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ever Heard of Quinoa?

If it hadn't been for Lil' Guy's allergies,
we may never have discovered quinoa (say keen-wa).
It makes a great substitute for couscous,
which he loves
but can't eat because he is sensitive to wheat.



 

We buy it at our local grocery store.
It can be found in bulk,
but we have to be careful about
contamination with wheat products,
so it's not an option for us.



Quinoa is a great option for those on a gluten-free diet.
It's light and airy and has a nutty flavor.







It's as quick and easy as fixing rice.
Use it as a side dish with veggies, fish or chicken
or add it to bean burgers or meatloaf.
Since the protein content in quinoa is so high,
it's great paired with beans for a great vegetarian
alternative to rice and beans.

You can find recipes using this unique grain here.