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Mexican quinoa salad plus a bit of quinoa information

For a while now I’ve seen all these quinoa recipes and I have wondered what the deal with it is. Is it healthy, is it a pasta, a rice, what exactly is quinoa? After some research I’ve discovered it’s neither rice nor a pasta. It’s actually a seed, well the part we is the seed. Who knew? Not me until doing some reading up on the food. I also found out for about a year I had been pronouncing it wrong….ooops. The correct pronunciation of quinoa is like keen-wah. And just like that I became annoyed by those that mispronounce it, as if I was some kind of expert. If an expert is someone that has eaten their weight in quinoa then count me in. I may or may not have done this in the last year.

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Anywho, back on topic. Let’s examine this beautiful little plant. If you haven’t googled quinoa I suggest you do. You will be amazed at the beauty of the plant. Quinoa is a plant that is considered a complete grain. By that I mean that it is has all nine essential amino acids. Did you also know that it is said that quinoa is said to have health benefits such as reducing the risk of obesity, colon cancer, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. So maybe eating this little seed quite often could be a good thing.

Since quinoa has a bit of a nutty flavor it is something that can be used in a wide variety of recipes. You can use it in breakfast recipes, salads, dinners and even baking such as muffins. For my household we love to use it in salads. Speaking of salads, I wrote this post to share my favorite salad and here I have been rambling on all the wonderful things about quinoa. Without further delay, I give to you Mexican Quinoa Salad.

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  • Breakfast Ideas

    Wow! This was amazing! Definitely making it again and making more everything for leftovers. It took me longer than 30 minutes to prep though but definitely worth the time.

    • shanamama

      So glad you liked it! At first it took me forever, I've become a bit of a chopping pro since then 😉

  • Vegetarian Recipes

    This looks like an easy recipe that all will enjoy, healthy and lots of great flavors. I will give this a try for my family!

    • Shana Dieli

      I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do.

  • Gluten Free Meals

    They look beautiful and so mouth watering! Thanks for sharing!

    • Shana Dieli

      My pleasure, I hope you enjoy!

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