Why Quinoa?

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Whole Grain Quinoa

In this week’s eNews video we show how to make a high fiber Quinoa and Lentil Salad great for summer meals. Why Quinoa?

Quinoa is an ancient grain (technically not a grain, but is used as a grain) from South America that’s gluten-free and higher in protein than most grains. You may still have to search for it in supermarkets in the “natural food” aisle, but it is gaining popularity in the United States.

For people with Celiac Disease, this recipe can be a great option because all ingredients can be gluten-free (check labels on broth and don’t use malt vinegar) and for those wanting a vegan dish, substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth.

This can be made in about 30 minutes: While the lentils and quinoa are cooking, chop the vegetables and whisk together the dressing. You may have time to prepare the rest of the meal and then simply assemble all the ingredients for the salad.