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Quinoa: A complete guide

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It really is hard to beat a light, fluffy, nutty serve of quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah for those who are still struggling!) Now a well known staple in supermarkets and recipes, quinoa has been revered for thousands of years (dating back to the Incas) due to its impressive nutritional value and versatility.

There are three varieties - white, red and black - and each are as tasty and easily digestible as the other.

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Health benefits
Highest protein content of any grain, and a complete protein - meaning it provides all nine essential amino acids.
Nourishes the digestive tract and considered to be one of the most healing foods in Ayurveda.
High in fibre (more than most grains) keeping you fuller for longer.
Good source of magnesium and zinc responsible for hundreds of essential bodily enzyme reactions.

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How to enjoy
Served as a side to curries, stews, stir fries or cooked tofu.
Mixed through salads or soups to bulk out and provide extra nutrition.
As a gluten-free alternative to rice, pasta or couscous.
Cooked as a porridge for breakfast in place of oats, rice or barley, and topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup.
Used in baked goods such as cakes, breads and muffins for a more nourishing treat.
To stuff roasted veggies such as capsicum, eggplant, mushrooms and tomatoes.



quinoa, eggplant stuffed
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To ensure you are getting the best from your quinoa, store in an airtight container or jar, and if wanting to really extend its life, refrigerate.

What are your favourite quinoa recipes? Share your suggestions and tips in the comments section!

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