Do you know Quinoa? If you don’t, you should surely be introduced. It is a super grain aka perfect protein. Pronounced keen-wa (I know–your tongue wants to say key-no-ah), it has more protein and calcium than milk. Quinoa contains all eight essential amino acids and is gluten free. Versatile, it is excellent cooked up like rice, made in to flour, or added to recipes.
When I attended Macy’s Regional Cooking Demo, one of the recipes Chef Joanna Talbott made used quinoa in a delicious salad. Perfect as a main dish (you can add some chicken or shrimp for even more protein) or as an appetizer (fill lettuce leaves with the mixture), this dish utilizes fresh vegetables and herbs and can even be made a day ahead.