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A little quinoa for lunch.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My lunch today consisted of a little leftover quinoa (Keen-wah) that I had. I mixed about two cups of fresh spinach into it, along with 4 oz. of chicken breast, some green chiles & a little hot sauce. It was quite filling & very tasty! Have you tried quinoa yet?

It is considered to be a whole grain, but it is actually a seed. You prepare it like rice or barely, but it takes much less time to cook than many other whole grains. It cooks in just 10 - 15 minutes. It is high in protein & provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.

According to the USDA nutrient database, one cup of cooked quinoa provides:

222 calories
3.4 grams of fat
8.14 grams of protein
5 grams of fiber
39.41 mg carbohydrates
31 mg calcium
2.76 mg iron
318 mg potassium
13 mg sodium
2.02 mg zinc


One thing to note...soak your quinoa before you cook it for at least 15 minutes and then rinse it thoroughly. This helps get rid of any bitter taste! ;)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
EATVEGAN 3/5/2013 2:06AM

    I haven't tried it yet, this may be the motivation I need. emoticon

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GAILANN48 3/2/2013 5:54PM

    Thanks, Angela. I enjoy quinoa but haven't bought it for a while, so the reminder is timely!

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TERRY0217 2/28/2013 4:19PM

    your dish sounds great....but, I have not tried it yet...

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LIVINGFREE19 2/28/2013 3:32PM

    Quinoa is awesome! My 14 year old daughter even loves it the way I make it!

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SLSALKIL 2/27/2013 11:24PM

    I love quinoa! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 2/27/2013 11:07PM

    Sounds very tasty - thanks for sharing!!

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BARCLE 2/27/2013 9:35PM

    I must get round to trying quinoa

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SIMPLY4DHEART 2/27/2013 8:38PM

    Time to try some quinoa, it's very healthy. Thank you for posting this information and nutrition information as well. emoticon emoticon

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OBIESMOM2 2/27/2013 8:04PM

    I like quinoa as long as it's mixed with something. On it's own it has kind of a bitter taste to me.

I was pretty psyched to find it at the wholesale club. I've even bought quinoa at TJ Maxx a few times!

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FITKAT62 2/27/2013 7:30PM

    It's great if you enjoy it. I tried it and was not impressed. I would not buy it again.

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PEZMOM1 2/27/2013 7:30PM

    Never tried quinoa.

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ANGELA76H 2/27/2013 6:56PM

    Another yummy thing to try is Quinoa "Burgers". Those are so good! Here's a recipe http://eatingwelllivingthin.wordpre
a-burger/ You can cut out or reduce the amount of cheese & use egg whites.

Last night we used the cooked quinoa in tacos instead of meat. ;)

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KEEPITUP05 2/27/2013 6:34PM

    Bought some but haven't tried it yet. It's an ingredient in my cereal though:-)

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QUEEN3510VA 2/27/2013 6:32PM

  Thanks for this info. I've been interested in trying it but didn't really know what to do with it. I'll give it a shot.

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