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Red Quinoa: A Delicious Complete Protein in a Grain

Quinoa — it comes in colors?

Yes it does and red quinoa has just as much wonderful healthy goodness as regular ol' white quinoa. It's a complete protein like its pale sister, offering you all the essential amino acids that you need to build strong bones, muscles, skin, and blood.

You can substitute rice in any dish with quinoa, which is great since it has more than twice the amount of protein than rice. Plus it's easy to digest and doesn't have a very strong flavor. All of these reasons combine to make it a very likable grain.
Compared with white quinoa, the red variety has a slightly earthier flavor. Once cooked, it has a light brownish color. Try both varieties to see which one you prefer.

What's more, quinoa is easy to cook. Want to know how? Then


  • Boil 2 cups of water.
  • Add 1 cup of quinoa, cover, and turn down the heat to low.
  • After about 15 minutes, lift up the cover and stir.
  • You'll know it's done when the grain turns slightly transparent, and the curly string-like germ has separated from the circular part.

Quinoa is great on its own when eaten with a stir-fry, but you can also make it its own dish, similar to a rice pilaf. Simply sauté your favorite veggies and add them to the cooked quinoa. For even more flavor, cook quinoa in veggie broth instead of water.

Join The Conversation
viv0326 viv0326 9 years
I serve quinoa at my restaurant and it's one of the most popular things. Quinoa is a great source of protein and has less carbs than brown rice, I highly recommend it.
I kinda disliked regular quinoa's bitter taste. Does red quinoa tastes the same? Would anyone of you have a recipe that could suit me? Thanks :)
Beaner Beaner 10 years
I like the way it looks...
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
It's good stuff, and gluten free!
Saller Saller 10 years
MMMM, i love this cooked in veggie broth and topped with a little Earth Balance buttery spread! Tastes sinful, but totally great for you!
krisua krisua 10 years
Hah, I just bought the white ones for the first time in my life today.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
i've nv had this! :oops:
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