On our 2008 journey to Peru, I discovered the beauty of Quinoa(keen-oh-wah). It changed my life forever and we fell in love. Why had I never tasted this little piece of heaven before?!!! As I left the country, I became sad because I felt like I would never see this "grain" again. It's actually a seed. I purchased mad amounts of quinoa and filled my backback until it was completely packed. I suppose I looked like a cocaine smuggler filling my luggage with ziploc bags full of this tiny white seed. I'm so glad I did as it lasted me quite awhile at home before I ran out.
When I ran out, I started going through withdrawals because I had replaced my pasta with it. If you'd like to know more about quinoa, click here for some great information on recipes, etc. It's got a great flavor and most of the people I spoke with absolutely love this wonderful export from Peru. For veggie people, this is a great "grain" for protein! And that's pretty cool. Flash forward to 2011 and I still eat quinoa. In fact, it's one of my favorite things to use in my soups. It's addicting and sometimes I don't how to stop myself from overloading my dishes with it. Most of you probably have tried it, but if you haven't, you need to try this out!! Yesterday, I spoke about ethnic dishes from around the world here in Tucson. Today, it's about a seed that could rock your world. Tomorrow it's on your kitchen and gardens:)
|I discovered that quinoa was sold in several places that serve the healthy organic shoppers.|