Best Vegan Foods – Quinoa

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Best Vegan Foods – Quinoa.

Quinoa has been called a super grain. It is not hard to see why.  It is a complete protein as well as being rich in iron and has a high fiber count.  And on top of all of this it is easy to prepare and has a sweet nutty taste.  What is there not to like. This is why it is one of the best vegan foods for the discriminating vegan.

The spelling is weird but it is pronounced ( KEEN-wah).  Sources say that the Incas considered it sacred and called it the mother of all grains.

Quinoa is now available in almost all supermarkets handily packaged or some stores have it for sale in the bulk bins. When you go to buy it you probably will need to know that there are several common varieties available.  The most common are the Red and White varieties.

They both have the same amounts of protein but they vary by the amounts of calories and fiber.  The White quinoa is slightly lower in calories and has more fiber.

Quinoa is a complete protein.  This means that it provides all of the essential amino acids.  It also provides a good number of minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc.  It is also gluten-free.  It is not hard to see why the Incas held it is such high esteem.

It is prepared almost like cooking rice except it needs to be rinsed before preparing it.  Pour it in a pot with a lot of water and swish the quinoa around with your hand.  The water will begin to look cloudy.  This is good.  Now strain the water out and you are ready.

To cook the quinoa add one part quinoa and two parts water.  Bring to a simmer then reduce the heat to low.  Cover the pot and allow it to cook for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed.

Now that it is done it can deliciously be used place of rice or pasta.