The first time I had quinoa was in the U.S. at a BBQ, someone brought a salad and I just loved it! The second time I had it was in California at an Israeli restaurant calledOren's Hummus Shop. So, again I was really excited about it when I've found it here. It's really versatile, especially when you like it lighter in the summer; you can substitute it for rice, millet or pasta. Just perfect for vegans or people who are allergic to gluten. I bought mine from the organic brandRapunzel. They make great nut butters, too!
Some facts about quinoa fromMind Body Green:
+ one serving fills 48% of our daily magnesium needs
+ low in cholesterol and sodium
+ it can be white, red or black
+ is a relative to leafy green veggies like spinach
+ very high in protein
Take a look at the recipes: The first two pictures are taken from a salad, I've just mixed it up with any vegetable you can find: chinese cabbage, herbs, tomatoes (dried), cucumbers, chickpeas, celery and fennel. Whatever you like will work. Quinoa works as a side dish as well: on the second picture I had it with some tuna and avocado slices and the other night I had it with sautéed spinach, zucchini, onions, mushrooms and chicken. Very simple, it takes less than 12min.!
Have fun with quinoa!