Question: Is quinoa (kinwa) in the oatmeal, ice cream, banana, celery or tumbleweed family?
Answer: Quinoa is a species of goosefoot in the tumbleweed family. Who knew?
Question: Why is quinoa considered a pseudo cereal rather than a true cereal?
Answer: Because it is grown primarily for it’s edible seeds and is not a member of the grass family, or the Jones’ or the Smith’s. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach and hamburgers. OK, not the hamburgers, but quinoa does have a lot of protein.
Question: How do I eat quinoa?
Answer: Stay tuned for my favorite recipe.
My favorite recipe:
In medium size pot, boil 2 cups water
add 1 cup quinoa (red or regular variety)
½ t sea saltturn down heat and simmer 13-15 minutes
Add 1 1/2 cups finely chopped red or green cabbage and1/2 cup finely chopped onion—sauté for one minute only.
When quinoa is tender turn off the heatStir in onion and cabbage
use as a side dish with a dollop of Greek-style yogurt on top of each serving.
Another way to serve quinoa is: follow the recipe
above--let it cool in the refrigerator
When cold, stir in 2/3 cup plain Greek style yogurt for a cool, creamy, chewy salad.