What is Quinoa?

May 30, 2012 at 10:13 am Leave a comment

It seems we are hearing more and more about this grain called Quinoa. It has become popular on blogs, Pinterest, food magazines and cooking shows, just to name a few. So what is it? Quinoa is small grain similar to couscous. It is high in magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. It is also high in fiber and protein. One cup of cooked Quinoa provides 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. It pairs nicely with just about any assortment of vegetables. Given its high protein content, you could eat a meal of quinoa with vegetables and fruits and call it dinner. Try this recipe below and see what you think.

Quinoa, Black Bean and Avocado Salad


  • 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 avocado, chopped into chunks
  • handful cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped into chunks
  • small handful cilantro, diced
  • 1 limes, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt, to taste


  1. Warm the olive/coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once it’s hot add the rinsed quinoa and toast for about 2-3 minutes until it starts smelling nutty and lovely. Add water, stir once, cover, and simmer with a lid on for 20 minutes.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare all other ingredients. Prepare the dressing by combining the lime juice, oil, cumin, and salt. Whisk it aggressively. Adjust seasoning as necessary.
  3. When the quinoa has finished cooking, remove it from heat and fluff with a fork. Add black beans and toss to warm them through.
  4. Let the quinoa cool for about five minutes and then add all the remaining ingredients, including the dressing, and mix. Adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve with tortilla chips. (We like the “Hint of Lime” Tostitos with this.)

*Recipe adapted from Eating for England, via Abbie White*


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