Secret ingredient: Quinoa
Are you keen on quinoa? Or are you still figuring out how to pronounce it?
WHAT IS QUINOA?
Quinoa (pronounced 'KEEN-wah') is grouped in with the grains, although if we are being really technical, it is a type of seed. An ancient grain native to South America, it is often referred to as a super food as quinoa has an abundant supply of all the essential amino acids. Quinoa is gluten-free and easy to digest.
WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE?
Quinoa has a slightly nutty flavour. Rinse well before using to remove any slight bitterness present in the grain.
WHERE CAN I FIND IT?
Health food stores, supermarkets.
WHAT CAN I USE INSTEAD?
White rice or couscous.
GOT ANY GOOD RECIPES USING IT?
For light and fluffy quinoa, cook it in a rice cooker - one cup quinoa to two cups water. You can also cook it in a pot on the stove. Try this spring-time salad, which mixes quinoa with feta, broccoli, peas, mint and seeds.
Kathy Paterson is a member of the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers. She co-authored The New Zealand Vegetable Cookbook and has a website.