Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah or KEE-nuh-wah) is technically considered to be a “whole grain”, but in truth, it’s a seed harvested from a species of goosefoot (a grain crop). A single cup of uncooked quinoa offers 24 grams of protein and 957 mg of potassium, among many other nutrients. It also happens to be gluten free and contains all NINE essential amino acids. It is frequently cooked using the same method as rice, albeit a few minutes faster than rice.
Even with all the recent news hype it is still relatively inexpensive per Serving. Here’s the breakdown of a bag we purchased:
26 oz bag Organic Quinoa (Bob’s Red Mill Brand) was $10.49 (on Amazon) or .40 per ounce
A 26 ounce bag contains 4 cups (1 cup of raw Quinoa expands to 4 cups of Cooked Quinoa)
Which essentially means that 1 bag of quinoa = 4 Meals
$10.49 divided by 4 meals = $2.62 Per Meal, Divided by 4 People = 66¢ per Person for a filling, healthy Protein
A 5lb bag of Quinoa is $22.99with Free shipping (prime), which makes it .28 per ounce. There are 12 meals per bag = $1.91 per meal = 47¢ per person, per meal. That’s about cheap as your going to get for a healthy protein!!
Quinoa is a wonderful addition to stir fry’s, salads, casseroles, soups and as a hot breakfast. In addition to being Gluten Free, it is also cholesterol free as well, which makes it a heart healthy choice for those seeking affordable healthy dietary choices.
Where to Buy Quinoa?
Quinoa can be purchased online on Amazon, at natural health foods store such as Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and even in the baking/ grain aisle of many regular grocery stores.
Despite popular belief this isn’t a “New” food, it’s actually been a staple crop of the Andean peoples (for the past 4,000 years!).
How to Cook Quinoa
Quinoa is cooked much like rice. For every 1 c. of raw quinoa, bring 2 1/4 cups water to a boil in a tightly covered saucepan with 1/2 tsp salt added to the water. As soon as the water begins to boil, add the quinoa, cover.
Bring it back to a boil, immediately reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook 12 minutes (tightly covered). Shut off the heat, let it set 15 minutes (covered). Use in your favorite recipe. 1 cup of Raw Quinoa expands to 4 cups of Cooked Quinoa.
It can be cooked ahead of time and stored in the fridge for quick additions to stir fry’s, soups, for hearty sandwich spreads (such as the Bacon ranch Quinoa salad) , and more.