Red Quinoa Recipes – Adding Quinoa to Your Diet!
Have you ever heard of quinoa? If not, you are not alone. Even though it has become more popular in the last few years, it is not a food that is in the pantry of most people. Because it is so healthy, you may want to consider giving it a try.
Even though it is not widely known in many parts of the world, quinoa has been grown for over 5,000 years in South America. It was a key part of the diet of the Incans and although it is not a grain is commonly referred to as “the mother grain”.
The reason it is typically referred to as a grain is because that is how it is most often prepared. Quinoa is actually a seed that is related to leafy plants like spinach and chard. It is great for people with food sensitivities because it is wheat and gluten free.
Quinoa is very easy to cook in your kitchen. Although it can be prepared in different ways, most of the time it is cooked much like rice. A quinoa cooking tip that you will not want to forget is that rinsing quinoa prior to cooking is critical.
Some people also prefer to soak it for anywhere between 15 and 60 minutes before rinsing. This can help speed up the rinsing process. The reason that quinoa must be rinsed is that it is covered in a bitter soapy substance called saponin. In nature, this substance works to protect the seeds from disease and pests.
Not only does saponin taste especially bad but it also can cause gastrointestinal distress. You will want to rinse your quinoa until the water runs clear.
There are so many wonderful quinoa recipes to try. Red quinoa recipes are especially fun to try this time of year because they are so festive! Give quinoa a try!