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Quinoa

What is quinoa? About the ingredient quinoa. Including 109 recipes with quinoa, nutrition data, photos, and where to find it.

About

Quinoa originated in the Andean region of South America, where it has been an important food for 6,000 years. Its name is the Spanishspelling of the Quechua name. Quinoa is generally undemanding and altitude-hardy, so it can be easily cultivated in the Andes up to about 4,000 meters. Even so, it grows best in well-drained soils and requires a relatively long growing season.

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Nutrition

Quinoa was of great nutritional importance in pre-Columbian Andean civilizations, being secondary only to the potato, and was followed in importance by maize. In contemporary times, this crop has become highly appreciated for its nutritional value, as its protein content is very high (12%–18%). Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), and like oats, quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete protein source among plant foods. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest.

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Preparation

A common cooking method is to treat quinoa much like rice, bringing two cups of water to a boil with one cup of grain, covering at a low simmer and cooking for 14–18 minutes or until the germ separates from the seed. The cooked germ looks like a tiny curl and should have a slight bite to it (like al dente pasta). As an alternative, one can use a rice cooker to prepare quinoa, treating it just like white rice (for both cooking cycle and water amounts).

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Nature's Earthly Choice Organic Quinoa, 32 Ounce

Nature's Earthly Choice Organic Quinoa, 32 Ounce

by Nature's Earthly Choice

Exceptional source of protein; Contains all eight amino acids; Good source of dietary fiber; Contains vitamin B and iron Quinoa has on average 13 percent protein compared to rice at 9 percent; Excellent source of fiber, containing both soluble and non-soluble fiber Promotes a healthy heart, helps maintain healthy cholesterol, lowers risk of chronic disease Sourced in the Andean region of South America; Packed in the U.S.A Resealable stay fresh bag

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BetterBody Foods Organic Quinoa — Medley of White, Red, and Black Quinoa Grains, Contains All 9 Essential Amino Acids, Complete Plant Protein with 6g of Protein per Serving, 1.5 Pounds

BetterBody Foods Organic Quinoa — Medley of White, Red, and Black Quinoa Grains, Contains All 9 Essential Amino Acids, Complete Plant Protein with 6g of Protein per Serving, 1.5 Pounds

by BetterBody Foods & Nutrition

Building blocks of nutrition - Organic Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids that your body needs every day. These amino acids provide your body with the building blocks of nutrition. Protein power - Contrary to rice, BetterBody Foods Organic Quinoa provides 3g of fiber and 6g of protein per serving, helping to satisfy hunger and curb food cravings all day long! Complete plant protein - Organic Quinoa is one of only a few complete plant-based proteins. This makes it great for vegetarians who are trying to incorporate more protein in their meals. Usage tips - BetterBody Foods Organic Quinoa can replace rice at a 1:1 ratio, and can be cooked in rice cookers! Use it in any recipe that calls for rice for a nutritious and naturally nutty flavor. Certified delicious - BetterBody Foods Organic Quinoa is Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Kosher, and USDA Organic certified, so you don't have to worry when you add it to your recipes.

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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (170g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 635Calories from Fat 88
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.9g 15%
Saturated Fat 1.0g 5%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 35mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 117.1g 39%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars ~
Protein 22.3g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 10% Iron 87%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Quinoa is usually found in the rice & beans section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Quinoa is a member of the Cereal Grains and Pasta USDA nutritional food group.

How much does quinoa weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 170

In Chinese:藜麦
British (UK) term: Quinoa
en français:quinoa
en español:quinoa

Recipes using quinoa

There are 110 recipes that contain this ingredient.

5 Layer Quinoa Lasagna
Asparagus, Tofu and Quinoa Salad with Parmesan and Walnuts
Bean Veggie Burgers with Mexican Spicy Guacamole
Black Bean and Quinoa Chili
Black Bean and Quinoa Salad
Buttermilk, Maple Syrup, Quinoa and Pecan Muffins
Buttermilk, Maple Syrup, Quinoa and Pecan Muffins
Cherry and Quinoa Salad
Chinese Quinoa and Edamame Salad
Easy Garden Quinoa
Easy Quinoa Tabouli
Gluten Free Casein Free Chocolate Avocado Muffins

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References

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