Containing all of the essential amino acids, quinoa is considered a complete protein, unlike many other grains. Although small in size, it comes with big benefits, including fiber, minerals, protective phyto (plant) nutrients, B vitamins and Vitamin E, and it is gluten free. It has been cultivated for thousands of years by the Inca Indians high in the Andes Mountains of South America. Quinoa means "mother grain". It's pronounced "KEEN-wah". Saute vegetables and quinoa in ghee or coconut oil. Add stock or water; cook to make delicious quinoa pilaf.
Make a bowl of hot cooked quinoa for breakfast. Add a spoonful of ghee, some chopped nuts, dates or raisins, cinnamon, milk or yogurt. To sweeten, add raw honey or pure maple syrup.
Make a gorgeous salad with favorite colorful chopped vegetables, cooked quinoa, cooked beans or cubed chicken and a favorite salad dressing.
Combine 3 cups cooked quinoa with 1 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes, 1 cup chopped cucumber, ¼ cup each chopped parsley and basil, ¼ cup olive oil, 3-5 tablespoons lemon juice, salt and pepper. Marinate at room temperature for an hour or more, if possible before serving.