1. If you are a rice eater, you'll be happy to know that although it shares almost the same amount of calories as rice per cup, it has more protein and fiber and less carbs. So for the carbo-haters out there, here is your holy grail.
2. It cooks in ten minutes. If you are super hungry and can't wait for your rice cooker to do it's thing, try quinoa instead. Although great on it's own with a bit of lemon, olive oil and pepper, I like to cook mine in chicken or vegetable stock instead of water, just for a little bit of extra taste.
3. Quinoa is a seed, so aside from cooking and eating as is, you can also use it for baking, grind it up and add to salads etc. Keep a bag of quinoa handy because it's such a versatile food, you can make many things with it.
Quinoa was a staple food in the Andes for thousands of years, much like rice is to the Philippines. Although I have to admit, it doesn't taste or feel exactly like rice, the shape and size definitely can fool your brain into thinking your having your favorite carb. It takes flavors really well and I've tried adding bangus flakes, broccoli and garlic, as well as cheese and tomatoes. You can even serve it for breakfast in place of oatmeal or add to your pancakes. One thing you MUST remember is to wash the soapy stuff before you cook it. It's called saponin and can be REALLY bitter. Two rinses should do.
Have you tried quinoa? What do you think? Share your recipes with us!