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Our quinoa stands out from imported quinoa: it is grown using sustainable farming methods and is not processed or polished, as it does not contain bitter saponins found in most other quinoa varieties.
The end result is a whole, unadulterated grain which has a rich, nutty flavour and is ready to cook with minimal rinsing. At Kiwi Quinoa we believe this adds to what is already a truly amazing food.
Quinoa is a food that has been around for thousands of years but as people stride towards more healthier options and foods that can provide more for less work, foods like quinoa are gaining in popularity. Quinoa is a handy food, that prepared correctly can replace rice in your usual dishes as well as foods like porridge, use this instead of rolled oats. Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. Also it's high in fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants, so pretty much this is a great food to have in your diet.
My first use for this was to make a quinoa Greek salad and since it was a hectic day I opted to cook the quinoa in my rice cooker with some vege stock and simply followed the packet instructions regarding quantity and leave it be. I must note though that it is easier to burn so leaving it on the warming option for too long isn't a good option. I chopped up some black olives, feta, onion and sundries tomato and stirred it through, along with some oil, lemon juice and minced garlic. Whilst my kids didn't like it, my mother and I thoroughly enjoyed it and polished off the lot on our own. The quinoa had a slightly nutty taste and clumped together but it had a nice texture and didn't leave me feeling overfilled like a rice dish can.
My second use for this was as a sweet breakfast dish. I cooked the quinoa in some water with ground cloves and ground cinnamon. Once it was cooked I mixed through a small amount of chia seeds. I had also cooked some diced Apple which is simmered in brown sugar and cinnamon, I stirred this through the quinoa and then poured some So Good vanilla 'milk' on top, serving it all while it was nice and warm. I loved this version of porridge and found that it didn't feel as heavy to eat as rolled oats do, so this was a dish I'd happily makes again. The only thing I can't comment on is the price, but I could buy this again, even if it only replaces other foods occasionally, it has a good range of uses.
What is quinoa? I didn't really know. Pronounced Keen-wah, and not kwin-oh-wah, I've heard people talking about it for a few years now, but never really knew what it was. But here was a product for me to try, so try it I did. A quick google search told me that there are three colours of quinoa, red, white, and black, and it is actually edible seeds. A cup of quinoa has 40 fewer calories than a cup of white rice and has 15 times fewer carbohydrates, more fibre and double the protein. As far as healthy things go, that is instantly ticking a lot of boxes. But the other important factor is flavour, as I know I don't like most healthy things.
The product was extremely easy to prepare. Add a cup of quinoa to a pot, add 3 cups of water, bring to a boil, and then let it simmer for 20 minutes and drain any water that remains. Very straightforward directions, and doesn't require rinsing the product beforehand, you don't need to salt or add oil to the water, and it didn't stick to the pot at all. Clean, quick and easy. It was interesting to see the white little seeds, slowly turn the water a translucent brown, and darken themselves, looking like little clear red blood cells, before unravelling.
While my quinoa was cooking I used the frying pan to fry up some minced garlic cloves, and chopped mushrooms, and once the quinoa was finished, mixed them both together and bam! quick and easy meal in 20-25 minutes. Not too bad in regards to time taken to prep and cook.
Personally, I like the heavy feeling of rice. That is the feeling that tells me I have eaten something and is what makes me satisfied when I eat. Quinoa leaves you feeling full, but otherwise lacks that heaviness that I enjoy. The quinoa has a slight nuttiness to it, has a slightly chewy texture, and doesn't stick to itself like rice does, which makes it a very different experience to eat. Beyond the nuttiness, there is no flavour to it. It is just a product that will fill you up and do so in a healthier manner than rice will. Which is good. You just need to make sure the other parts of the meal will leave you feeling satisfied.
Is it a product that I would use frequently? I wouldn't rule it out. The resealable pouch is handy, and I like the fact that I don't have to scrub any pots after cooking it. But it is all going to come down to the price in the end. Rice has been a staple for many decades because of it's low price, and that will be hard to compete with in this economy.
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