by Lesley Kim

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”
John Ruskin 
organic quinoa

Quinoa (pronounced keen wa), is getting a lot of attention because it truly is a remarkable food. Quinoa is actually seed but viewed as a whole grain.  To me, quinoa tastes comparable to brown rice but fluffier and slightly nutty.

So why exactly is quinoa so popular these days?  Eventhough quinoa is considered a grain, quinoa is gluten free and has a considerable amount of protein.  Quinoa also contains essential amino acids, phytonutrients, and flavanoids.  For such an easy to eat food, quinoa packs a lot of nutritional value.  Quinoa can be used to substitute for rice and other grains.  Many people also throw in quinoa in their salad to give their greens added protein and nutrients.  There is also quinoa flour, which you can mix with wheat flour during baking.

Quinoa compliments almost any types of dish and is super easy to eat.  They are available at most grocery stores like Trader Joe’s, Ralphs, and Vons. I prefer to use organic quinoa, a one pound bag costing about $5 to $6.