Friday, February 10, 2012
Over at my other favorite online forum (the one who's t-shirt I'm wearing), the principals and many of the members are fans of quinoa, a pseudo-grain that is native to South America. I read and heard enough about its nutritional value on the site that I thought I'd try it, but it wasn't a high priority. Anyway, a couple days ago, the website featured a very informative article about quinoa by guest blogger, Spirit Eagle Meg. That is her real name and you can search it if you are interested.
Anyway, I decided the time had come to try this stuff as a substitute for the wheat and rice I've moved away from. I planned on buying a pound box to see if I liked it, But I wound up ordering a twenty-five pound bag on Amazon.com. there are plenty of brands of quinoa out there and their products are probably similar, but the brand I bought came from a small co-op in Bolivia named Alter-Eco. Aside from liking the idea that I was directly supporting the people who produce the quinoa, I was hooked by the price which was significantly less than the that of the other brands I saw. I ordered it under Amazon's Super-Saver free shipping terms, so I did not expect to get it for ten days or so. It was delivered within thirty-six hours.
I cooked some in plain water for dinner today just to see how it tasted. It was easy to cook and although it didn't taste the same as rice, it was every bit as good. I had that first cup with black beans and hot sauce and I'm really glad that I'm not stuck with twenty-five pounds of something I don't really care for since there are several hundred more servings in that bag.
If you want to learn more about quinoa there's always http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q
uinoa and if you want to read the article that got me off my butt on this, there's http://livefitrevolution.org/?