Quinoa is a superfood that is packed with fiber and protein and is quick to prepare. Quinoa is an easy-to-cook whole grain with a slightly nutty taste that complements many diverse flavors. Quinoa is a seed crop that was originally grown in Latin America. Quinoa is treated like a grain but is not a true cerial or a grass. Quinoa is useful for vegetarians and vegans because it contains high quality protein and does not need other proteins to complement it. 
Since quinoa is not a grass it does not contain gluten. This is useful for people who want to limit gluten in their diet and for the small minority who need to limit or avoid gluten for medical reasons.
Cooking with quinoaEdit
To cook quinoa boil it for 15 -20 minutes like rice. Quinoa flour can also be baked. Quinoa is versatile, you can add it to soups or stews. Take care you don't add too much, like rice and other dried grains quinoa swells up when it's cooking so what looks like a small amount when you put it into a soup or stew can be much more when it's cooked. Cooked quinoa can be added to salads. 
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