For years found only in natural food specialty stores, quinoa can now be found in every supermarket thanks to its growing reputation as one of nature's healthiest foods. It's a popularity that's well deserved. With a nearly perfect amino acid balance, its protein profile is the highest and most complete of all grains, making quinoa an important food for vegetarians. It's also gluten-free and a good source of fibre, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, antioxidants and vitamins B and E.
But it's the light, fluffy and slightly crunchy texture and delicately sweet and nutty taste of cooked quinoa that's helped make it a staple in so many households these days. Delicious on its own, quinoa also pairs easily with any number of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seasonings, making it a versatile ingredient to have on hand for all kinds of simple side dishes and breakfast porridges. Quick cooking, substitute quinoa for rice in any recipe. It's also ground into a flour that can be used as a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour in cookies, muffins and loaves. Turns out that quinoa flour is perfect for baking with and great as a gluten-free alternative. And if you do still visit the natural food stores you can find quinoa pasta as well as the more exotic and earthier-flavored red and black varieties of quinoa.
|Chocolate Quinoa Ricotta Bread|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
From 500 Best Quinoa Recipes: 100% Gluten-Free Super-Easy Superfood
Published on December 18, 2012
Simple, moist, chocolatey gluten-free cake made with quinoa flour
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More chocolate treats from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Chocolate Nut Butter No Bake Fudge
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake
Peanut Butter Chocolate Squares
Flourless Chocolate Cake
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