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Quinoa--The New Super Grain
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February 27, 2008, last updated May 4, 2014

By Susan M. Callahan, Associate Editor and Featured
Columnist


What if I told you that there is a gluten-free grain which is
high in protein, high in fiber and low in calories so it helps
you lose weight?  Well, there is.  Meet "quinoa",  the new
"superfood" that may come to rival soy as the favorite of
healthy eaters around the world.

Quinoa, technically known as "chenopodium quinoa willd", is
a natural grain like corn and rice. Quinoa has been grown in
South American primarily along the Andes mountains from
Bolivia and Chile for between 5000 and 7000 years. Quinoa
is gluten free, which makes it a healthy choice for those
suffering from allergies to wheat and
Celiac's disease.

"Quinoa is a true wonder food," says Daniel Fairbanks, Ph.D.,
a professor of plant and animal science at Brigham Young
University. "It has about twice the protein of regular cereal
grains, fewer carbohydrates, and even a dose of healthy
fats." Plus, it's considered a "complete" protein, which
means that, like meat, eggs, and dairy, it packs all of the
essential amino acids your body needs to build muscle".

Indeed. There are 9 amino acids which we humans cannot
produce in our bodies and which we thus need to eat from
food. The 9 essential amino acids are histidine, isoleucine,
leucine, lysine, phenylalanine, methionine, threonine,
tryptophan andvaline.  Remarkably, quinoa has all 9. The
World Health Organization has described quinoa's protein
quality as equivalent to that of dried milk.

According to a 2009 study from the University of Chile,
quinoa is about 15% protein and also contain polyphenols,
phytosterols, flavonoids (which are anti-oxidants), notable
amounts of omega-6 and Vitamin E.























Where do you find quinoa? Edenfoods.com is one source.
But we're betting that, as the word spreads about quinoa,
that many of the chains such as Whole Foods and others will
pick it up.

Update:

Since the original date of publication of this piece, quinoa
has become popular in the US and can now be found in
many supermarkets in the grains section.

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Curry shrimp and quinoa. Gluten free delicious dish, and so easy to make.

-Half a pound of shrimp, tails removed.

- 3 cups of quinoa

- 1 and a half cup water

-extra virgin olive oil

-paprika

-raisins

-black pepper

-curry


Quinoa Prep:

Dice 1 red bellpepper, 1 medium yellow onions, two cloves garlic

Boil water first, then add quinoa, wait 5 minutes.

In a skillet, saute' the peppers, garlic and onions in extra virgin olive oil.

Reduce the heat on the quinoa to low to let the water continue evaporate
for 2 to 4 minutes.

Shrimp Prep:

Heat up a separate skillet. In a bowl, mix the shrimp with two table spoons
of paprika, 2 tablespoons of curry and the black pepper.

Add the seasoned shrimp to a hot skillet.  Simmer with a table spoon of
olive oil until carmelized on one side. Usually takes less than a minute.
Then flip them over. Add just a tiny pinch of salt if you like.

Place shrimp on the quinoa. Garnish with cherry tomatoes.  You're done!
Serves  2 to 3.
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