The Quinoa Project

Want to serve a food that kids love, and that is healthy? Looking for an easy-to-make food that is packed with protein so that you stay full for longer?  Try quinoa!

Organic Quinoa.

Quinoa, pronounced “KEEN-wah,” is a small, grain-like seed that can be used as a substitute for rice or pasta, mixed into salads, and eaten plain or with a little cheese on top. Quinoa is a WHOLE GRAIN, naturally gluten free, and is a complete protein because it contains all nine essential amino acids.

The best part? Quinoa is easy to make…and delicious! You can cook quinoa in advance, and use it throughout the week. Just store it in the fridge and serve it at multiple meals or mixed into other foods. Quinoa can be cooked in a pot on the stove or in a rice cooker. (See the package for exact instructions.)

Click here to check out some quinoa recipes on the Healthy Kids Challenge Blog.

Click here to see a recipe for a quinoa, black bean, and corn salad submitted by an 11-year-old on the Let’s Move website!

Click here to see a recipe for grilled chicken and avocado quinoa pilaf, or click here to read Tips to Help You Eat Whole Grains on the USDA ChooseMyPlate.gov website.

Click here to read more about the health benefits of quinoa on the Whole Grains Council website.

Once you discover how deliciously diverse quinoa can be you’ll want to add it to everything!

And don’t be fooled by small packages of flavored quinoa, they are more expensive and unnecessary – get the big bag (check Costco) or buy it in the bulk section of your grocery store for the best price.  You can season it yourself by using broth to cook it instead of water, by adding garlic or onion to the pot, or by adding other seasonings and veggies you like.

Don’t forget to take pictures of your delicious quinoa creations and post them on your social media page for parents to see!  And tag Minute Menu on FaceBook because we want to see your creations too!

One Response to The Quinoa Project

  1. Linda St. Clair says:

    Great info Dawn! September is Whole Grains Month. Here is a link to more info and a recipe contest – http://oldwayspt.org/newsroom-media/press-releases/september-whole-grains-month-make-switch-whole-grains-and-win

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