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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 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
uinoa and if you want to read the article that got me off my butt on this, there's

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    We had a function at church and someone brought a salad made with Quinoa. It was very good. I think it will be a good change now and then. We only eat brown rice and although tasty a change will be good.
    3177 days ago
    Thanks for asking. She'll be suffering from her problem three more days and then from the cure for some period of time that hasn't been defined. She saw the surgeon yesterday and he said it would be about ninety days before she could run again. So we're feeling the interim won't be all that terrible.

    I'm not trying to knock you off track, but just for your info-
    A serving of quinoa is 1/4 cup dry. Mine cooked up to about a full cup and has 31 gr. carbs. and 172 calories. That's less than many other starchy things and quite filling.

    3177 days ago
    Thanks for the info. I love quinoa but never thought about ordering a larger amount through Amazon. Love their free shipping!
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    Sounds really good. I know a number of people who love the stuff. Sadly, that's too carby for me. My blood sugar goes all wonky when I eat like that. Maybe, when my weight comes down and muscles start burning more energy, I'll be able to add more carbs in to my diet. I'd really like to try quinoa, but I'm afraid I'd really enjoy it.

    How's Judith?

    3177 days ago
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