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Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a highly nutritious gluten-free grain, and is the common name for Chenopodium quinoa, a flowering plant in the amaranth family Amaranthaceae.
It contains more protein than any other grain, with a good balance of all eight essential amino acids.
It is a good choice for vegetarians and diabetics.
Quinoa is also high in fibre and has a low-GI, beneficial for keeping blood sugar levels stable.
It is cooked similarly to rice and has a fluffy consistency, with a slight nutty flavour.
Use it in stir-fries, curries, salads or soups and porridge.
Quinoa flour can be used for baking gluten-free cakes, muffins, cookies, pancakes and breads.
Widely available nowadays, find quinoa in the health food section of supermarkets or in health food stores.