Quinoa is one of those things that, until recently, my husband (who is a ravenous eater of all things) referred to as 'hacky-sack food.' I'm happy to report that he's pulled a full 180 on his perception - and now regularly suggests we whip up a batch for dinner.
A guest at our Thanksgiving Leftovers Dinner raved about a quinoa stuffing she'd made for her own family's annual feast the day before. I cringed a bit because few of us comprehend the dark side of our trendy infatuation with this ancient food from high in the arid Andes.
In addition to being supremely healthy -- it is known as a superfood because it contains all of the essential amino acids we need -- quinoa also cooks up relatively quickly. These recipes are the superfood at its best.