Are you a quinoa fan?? I am. Since discovering the tiny grain-like seeds a few years back, quinoa has become a staple in my diet. Lately, even my family is jumping on the quinoa bandwagon, though they may not be quite as obsessed with ingredient as I.
A native to the Andean regions of Peru, quinoa is truly an "ancient grain" (though it is in reality a seed) with a near 9,000 year history. Once called "The Gold of the Incas", quinoa is not only high in protein, but a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids.
In addition to protein, the tiny seed is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, folate, and phosphorus, potentially making quinoa valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis. Add the fact that quinoa helps build muscle, promotes weight loss and stabilizes blood sugar levels, and I think we have a winner.
Used by Inca Warriors as an energy source to increase stamina, I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate the ingredient into our busy lifestyle. With a little help from my good friends in the fabulous food blogging community, I have a wonderful quinoa roundup for you to help bring out your own inner warrior. Join me in a look at some first-class quinoa recipes along with some spectacular photographs.