Quinoa has become one of the world’s leading superfoods. Seven years ago, I first came across it and started eating it as a regular part of my diet right away. Originating 3,000 years ago from the Inca tribes of the Andes, it certainly took the rest of the world a long time to catch on. That’s what Quinoa did. No self – respecting health guru would dare to leave it out, as one of the ingredients in their dietary regime is required. But for this fantastic seed, things have not always been quite so positive. Let me explain the reason.
Quinoa is now very easy to find
When I was talking about quinoa to friends and family, most people went to Huh? They were unable to spell it and couldn’t say it. There was no way they’d ever eat it. The problem of buying it also existed. No one stocked quinoa except the strange health food shops in which everyone is afraid to go. Quinoa is nearly mainstream nowadays. Everywhere you can buy it in supermarkets and small delicacies. If today a store didn’t store it, you’d wonder why not. I saw it in huge bags in France so customers could buy it by the kilo.
Also, the quinoa sold now is better because it is pre-rinsed before it is packed for sale. This makes the entire quinoa preparation much faster. Under the fair trade route, most quinoa comes from Bolivia and Ecuador. But the number of growers in the US is growing. There are also all kinds of products for quinoa. You can buy quinoa ready to cook in a bag of herbs. I bought ready-to-eat quinoa milk, quinoa bread and quinoa breakfast cereal over the years. I also saw it on Spanish and UK restaurant menus.
Quinoa is the best you can get
We live in a world where food fads are daily hitting the news. We’re told to eat cabbage soup, green juices, acai berry, etc. The people and businesses that sell these wonderful foods undoubtedly make a lot of noise in the marketplace. You’re wondering what the whole fuss was about later.
So quinoa has slowly risen in popularity to overtake all these short-term food fads at the same time as this has happened. That’s one very good reason. Quinoa is just about as nutritionally good as you can. It is a complete protein containing all the amino acids that are essential. Many of the other faddy foods in one area of nutrition are simply good. Quinoa is a great thing to eat all around. It’s one of the fine guys!
Quinoa can be cooked in many excellent ways
The recipe on the side of the packet was not inspiring at all when I was first offered quinoa. It was basically boiled up some quinoa in a stock of chicken. I looked at my plate and thought I’d eat it once and throw away the packet. I’m happy that I’ve persevered. Quinoa can be prepared and included in your favorite meals in many different ways.
Quinoa salad is by far the most popular style of the recipe. That’s because it’s the easiest way to prepare and eat quinoa the most versatile way. You can take any favorite meat and vegetables and mix them all up with a quinoa serving, and you’re ready to go. Quinoa stir fry meal is the second most popular type of quinoa recipe. Once you’ve cooked your quinoa for ten minutes by boiling it with water, you can throw it in a pan and fry it with almost anything in oil. This is a great meal when the refrigerator is almost empty and things need to be used up. You can spice it as much as you like and it’s going to taste really good. There are even more dessert, breakfast and dinner recipes available. Quinoa is more versatile than rice and couscous because you can use it in a wide variety of meals.
2 ways that quinoa hasn’t changed in the last seven years.
First, quinoa is still too costly to purchase. It’s a great value, but not yet cheap. I understood that when nobody ate it and nobody bought it. But for high-priced quinoa, there is no excuse now. So I’m starting to think retailers are artificially keeping prices high for their own reasons. I heard it was hard to harvest and pack quinoa. I agree with that. I found it very hard to harvest my own. But harvesting rice with your legs kneeing deep in water is no harder. See the rice price.
In the ridiculous recipes that people produce for it, the second way that quinoa hasn’t changed. They’re so fancy and complicated that they’re never going to be made by anyone. Quinoa is a simple food that simply needs to be prepared and eaten. From salads to casseroles, and desserts and snacks, you can put some in any meal you make. It does not take much imagination or work. There are still people who insist that trendy quinoa recipes with more than twenty ingredients are written. You can spend the pay of your weeks producing your quinoa recipes. Keep quinoa simple and learn how good it is for your health.