Quinoa: A vegan superfood

For those who are wondering how to get more protein in their diet, it’s important to look for complete proteins. Examples of a complete protein are: soybeans, amaranth, buckwheat, hempseed and of course quinoa. The main reason I’m focusing on quinoa is that I find it very underrated, but deserves more attention due to it being so healthy and flavourful.

Quinoa originates from the Andes where it’s been cultivated for the past 5,000 years by the Incas and various other native cultures. It was introduced to North America in the 1980’s by farmers in Colorado and has thankfully started growing in popularity, especially in the health community. I remember the first time I tried it, I was in a vegan restaurant in Germany and the person I was with told me I should try it. As someone who had no idea what it was, the fact that to me it looked like couscous was a good selling point. Truth be told, it tastes absolutely nothing like couscous, but it was a good way of getting my brain ready for it. Ever since that day I use quinoa in a lot of my cooking and luckily for me it’s gluten free as well!

You can purchase quinoa in many forms, I usually like buying it on it’s own and then adding it into a stir fry or such dish. Bob’s Red Mill has a good quinoa or my favourite is GoGo Quinoa:

On top of the quinoa grains, GoGo Quinoa has a whole line of products ranging from soups, cookies, flours, cereal to burgers and more. All their products are vegan and gluten free so please check them out at: http://www.gogoquinoa.com/home.htm.

If you’re questioning what kind of dish you can use quinoa in, a good way is that you can substitute the rice in any dish by quinoa. After that just be creative! If you have any questions feel free to email me at mathieu [at] greenveglife [dot] com.

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