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Recipes for Quinoa the Superfood

Much is being said about quinoa lately. Recipes for quinoa are now found all over the Internet. This grain crop has been called one of the healthiest superfoods out there. It is a great food product for vegans and vegetarians.

So what is quinoa? Quinoa is a grain crop that has been part of the diet of many civilizations in the Andes Mountains of South America since before the arrival of Europeans. The crop can grow anywhere from coastal regions to high altitudes. The quinoa seed is edible and is valued nowadays because it is a great source of protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, and calcium. It is also gluten-free. Quinoa has become so popular that it has begun to show up in many food markets all over the US, Europe, Canada, and even Japan and China.

The question now is, how can you eat quinoa? What recipes for quinoa should you try?

Let's go through a few ideas on recipes for quinoa:

1. Tabbouleh

A recipe for quinoa which can be an appetizer is tabbouleh. This is a Middle Eastern salad featuring bulgur (wheat grains), tomatoes, cucumber, onions, garlic, parsley and mint drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice. However, instead of using bulgur, you can use quinoa.

2. Fish with Quinoa

This recipe for quinoa basically has fish fillet marinated in sake (Japanese rice wine). You can use bream, salmon, or sea bass. The quinoa is quickly sautéed in olive oil with onions and carrots. The flavor of the sake in the fish complements the quinoa very well.

3. Fruit Cake

Quinoa can also be used as dessert. An easy recipe for quinoa you can try is that of a fruit cake. The quinoa here comes in the form of quinoa flour.  You can use whatever fruit is in season. A peach cake or an apple cake is very much recommended.

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