Quinoa (pronounced "keen-wah"): This nutritious, quick cooking grain dates back to the ancient Inca empire and has recently been rediscovered as the new "supergrain." It has more protein than any other grain, containing all eight of the essential amino acids, including lysine, which is seldom found in grains. This makes it a great food for vegetarians. The plant has a natural coating that acts as an insect repellent so rinse under cold water to remove any bitterness before cooking. Quinoa's unstarchy texture works well for salads and pilafs.
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