Are you looking for something out of the ordinary to take to your next summer gathering? If you want to stay healthy without sacrificing tastes, you may want to consider a quinoa salad. This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy quinoa, especially as the weather heats up.
Quinoa is great to make ahead and it stores well. Quinoa recipes are generally very scalable so they can be adjusted to suit a crowd of any size. Serving people with food sensitivities? No problem! Quinoa is not a member of the grass family and being gluten free, it is the perfect food for those with food allergies.
Quinoa is also great for vegetarians and vegans because it provides amino-rich proteins that they need in their diets. The amino acid profile of quinoa is considered to be just about perfect. It is one of the few vegetarian foods that provide all eight of the essential amino acids.
If you have not purchased quinoa before, you may be wondering where you will be able to buy quinoa. While quinoa is not yet completely main stream, many larger grocery stores are not stocking quinoa. This is especially true of ones that have large natural foods or organics sections. You can also purchase quinoa at most any natural or health food stores. Whole Foods is a great place to buy quinoa because you can purchase it and bulk. This can really save money as compared to buying a single package. Another alternative is to purchase quinoa online. It travels well and properly stored quinoa will store for at least a year. This means that you can make a large order at once and stock up!
If you have never cooked quinoa, you won’t be disappointed. Why not take the plunge and try quinoa today?