Spa Eastman’s Four-Spice Quinoa
We love the basic simplicity of Spa Eastman‘s Four-Spice Quinoa recipe. Quinoa, an ancient “grain” native to South America, is chock-full of protein — complete proteins to be exact, which means it includes all nine essential amino acids that are needed for tissue growth and repair.
Fun fact: While most think of quinoa as a grain, it is actually the seed of the beautiful chenopodium plant (see photo below), which is a relative of beets, spinach and chard. Since quinoa is not technically a cereal grain, like rice, wheat or oats, the Whole Grains Council calls quinoa a “pseudo-cereal” — a name for foods that are cooked and eaten like grains and have a similar nutrient profile.
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