Authors: lisa' s kitchen feed
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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