October 26, 2018
Over the last few years, Quinoa has been one of the most important dishes on dinner tables across the globe. While mostly produced in Peru and Bolivia, this herbaceous plant is now being grown in other countries too, and its popularity has expanded thanks to the fact that it is gluten-free and rich in both protein and iron. Made into burgers, served with a curry or even used as a flour… here’s how to eat it!
While quinoa dishes are an ever more common sight on restaurant menus around the world, some of the more traditional recipes have stood the test of time. In South America, for example, quinoa is very popular as a side dish served with meat or fish and you can easily cook it in a rice cooker for perfect results. Far from being a temporary culinary fashion, quinoa is an established staple throughout much of the continent, where it is served with anything from meat stew to steamed vegetables. It can also be mixed with herbs and spices and chopped raw vegetables to make a salad.
Quinoa is now all the rage in Europe and the US, where it’s eaten as a savory or a dessert, hot or cold, and in all its many forms. Quinoa flour is a real find for anyone wanting to reduce their gluten consumption, as it gives cakes, bread and biscuits a deliciously nutty taste. And thanks to its extreme versatility, quinoa can also be used to make pancakes, veggie burgers, patties and falafels. All in all, it’s a healthy and tasty staple that looks set to remain a firm favorite with chefs and food-lovers alike