Photo: manifestvegan, Flickr
Quinoa is the superstar of the whole-grains gang: It's fiber rich and loaded with minerals, potassium and niacin. And it makes a complete protein with its nine essential amino acids, making it handy for vegetarians who need creative protein solutions. Oh, and it's gluten free. It's a good grain to get to know, and its nutty flavor will have you calling for a second date.
Blogger manifestvegan cooked up a quinoa and basmati pilaf with almonds for texture and creaminess, and curry and turmeric for added flavor, and, with a college student's limited kitchen facilities in mind, her recipe relies on a microwave. (You can easily convert it to a stovetop method.) Don't jump to the conclusion that quinoa is way too earnest, though. It has a sassy side. Try it in a Peruvian potato stew, or even a meatloaf. These recipes, and a slew of others that may make you rethink whole grains, are in "The Whole Truth About Whole Grains," that yours truly wrote for Kitchen Daily.
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