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Meet quinoa: Nutritious and delicious
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Updated: 06/25/2014 03:05:50PM

Meet quinoa: Nutritious and delicious

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Judy E. Buss

Quinoa salad with mint and mango

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Most likely, you have heard about quinoa, but perhaps never tried cooking it. In this column you’ll get all the help you need, and when you cook your own quinoa you will fall in love with this delicious food brimming with nutrition. Even though quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), resembles a grain it is actually not a grain at all. It is a small, round seed from a plant related to Swiss chard, spinach, and beets.

Quinoa is highly nutritious and gluten-free, and is therefore an excellent food source for gluten-intolerant individuals. Because a serving of quinoa offers complete protein (which includes all the amino acids), it is also an outstanding meat replacement for vegetarians or vegans. This wonderful-tasting foodstuff contains numerous health-promoting vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

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