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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

In the Land of Quinoa



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It may come as a surprise to many of us that quinoa has reached the stratosphere of superstardom. In fact, The United Nations has declared 2013 The International Year of Quinoa.

The United States has become the “Land of Quinoa”. You don’t have to go to Whole Foods any more to find it. It is amazing to see how many restaurants now have it on their menus. Even in the Heart of America at a restaurant called CafĂ© Sebastienne in Kansas City, Missouri  they have quinoa on the lunch menu.

Recipes for quinoa cover a wide range. There are recipes for any number of side dishes with flavorings from around the world. There are dishes made just for lunch. And then there are ones for dinner. Recently I saw a fun and creative recipe for a hot cereal version designed just for kids.
It is a good thing we like this ancient grain. It is packed full of goodness. It is high in fiber and loaded with protein. It is a relief to many that it is indeed gluten free.  It is evident that it has come by its name “super grain” naturally.

My family loves quinoa. It is easy to prepare and cooks in about 20 minutes. It is also a versatile grain and can be the base for any desired flavoring with herbs and spices. Add a few diced, fresh vegetables and you have a tasty pilaf.

If you haven’t yet joined the rave for quinoa, now is the time! It is a great way to add health to your diet. Enjoy! And Live Vibrant!


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re-posted from Sheila's Blog on TheEpochTimes.com

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