Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Quinoa Roundup - Bringing out your inner warrior!!


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.











12 comments:

  1. What a great round up! I'm going to have to try your greek salad version, sounds amazing!

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  2. For being an ancient grain, I can't believe quinoa is only in my life so recently. I totally love it too and work it into everything from salads to stir frys (in place of rice). Thanks for the stellar collection!

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  3. Wow - LOVE all the new ideas - this is awesome - we are BIG quinoa fans here too!

    Here are my 2 favorite recipes
    http://www.thehinzadventures.com/2011/08/04/7-vegetable-quinoa-soup/

    http://www.thehinzadventures.com/2012/10/08/fall-moroccan-squash-and-carrot-stew-with-quinoa/

    xoxo from Trinidad

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  4. beautiful and deeeeelicious - I want to make every. single. recipe. here!

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  5. Such a beautiful round-up, Kim! I'm definitely feeling inspired to make a few of these. Thanks so much for including me!

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  6. Fantastic round up Kim. Thanks for including me. Love all the fantastic healthy quinoa recipes!

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  7. I am trying to use quinoa more often and this has me very inspired. Really love your cookies, Kim:)Every thing looks delicious-thank you for including my recipes!xo

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  8. Wow this is quite an arsenal of delicious looking recipes, thanks Kim!

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  9. I love this round-up. I am working up a stuffed acorn squash quinoa post for this week (hopefully). I am pinning this for later.

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  10. Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

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  11. Great roundup, Kim. I am in love with quinoa these days. Thanks for including my salad here. :)

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  12. I am a huge quinoa fan. It's a staple in my house. Great roundup Kim!

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