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Quinoa with Chicken and Vegetables -Fun Facts

Friday, February 01, 2013

Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, 50 grams - 60 cal
Onions, raw, 58 grams - 22 cal
Yellow Peppers (bell peppers), 160 grams - 43 cal
Ancient Harvest Traditional Whole Grain Quinoa, 1 serving =.25 cup dry, 0.25 cup - 172 cal
Spinach, fresh, 0.25 cup - 2 cal
1/8 tsp dried rosemary and 1 tsp fresh thyme

Quinoa Fun Facts

-it's one of the only plant foods that's a complete protein, offering all the essential amino acids in a healthy balance

-Quinoa is also highest of all the whole grains in potassium, which helps control blood pressure

-Quioa is a relative of leafy green vegetabes like spinach and swiss chard

-It's pronounced "keen-wah"

-It's gluten free

-Inca warriors ate balls of quinoa and fat to keep them going on long marches and in battle.

-NASA has proposed quinoa as an ideal food for long-duration space flights.

-The Natchez Indians, on the lower Mississippi River, may have cultivated a variety of quinoa.

-Chicha is a traditional beer made from fermented quinoa.

-A quinoa poultice or plaster was traditionally thought to heal bones, and Andean families have traditionally used the saponin-filled wash water from quinoa as a shampoo.

-Lamb's quarters, a common weed increasingly sought after as a gourmet salad ingredient, is a cousin of quinoa.

-Chenopodeum, the botanical name for quinoa, means "goose foot," so named because the leaves of the plant resemble the webbed foot of a goose.

-In times of drought, when other crops in quinoa-growing areas fail, quinoa can actually increase its yields. The crop can thrive on as little as three to four inches of annual rainfall.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHARON10002 2/28/2013 8:40PM

    Not crazy about it . . . emoticon

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CLUMBOY 2/5/2013 8:55AM

    kewl. another side benefit--quinoa is a very pretty plant too. comes in lots of colors. the seeds have to be washed before they can be eaten. chicken looks great too!

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LYNSEY723 2/4/2013 1:12PM

    We are still working on finding our favorite perperation of quinoa - But I love the nutty flavor when its toasted!!

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ALICIALYNNE 2/4/2013 9:13AM

    LOVE quinoa! Prepared in chicken broth, the stuff is just plain delicious!

Can't get the rest of the family into it though, even after preparing it several different ways emoticon

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KALIGIRL 2/4/2013 9:01AM


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    This was so interesting! Especially the part about the Inca warriors carrying the quinoa, and NASA recommending it for space flight. Thanks for sharing it!

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MIDNIGHTER1 2/3/2013 2:00PM

    One of natures power foods.Great product. Thanks for the recipe.

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RACEWELLWON 2/3/2013 9:40AM

    Some many recipes can be made with this Wonder food ! Looks D-lish - be right over !

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A-NEW-TARA 2/2/2013 6:54PM

    I love quinoa and use it all the time in a multitude of ways. Thank you for sharing all the information about it.

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/2/2013 6:20PM

    thanks for the reminder i love it and believe there is some in the kitchen .

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68ANNE 2/2/2013 5:37PM

    It's only been a short time since I've add quinoa to my meal plans but I love it!

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FITBIZZZ 2/2/2013 8:56AM

    Hold up. Save me some. I'm on my way. ;-)

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LINDAK25 2/1/2013 11:24PM

    I like quinoa as a morning cereal, but it's been a while since I've had some. Thanks for reminding me. Loved the fun facts.

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SPIRALDOWN 2/1/2013 10:36PM

    i have some in my fridge i must try

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WALLAHALLA 2/1/2013 10:31PM

    I might need to give Quinoa a try.

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