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QUINOA: Switch Up Your Breakfast Routine!
Posted By Amy Norton On July 4, 2011 @ 6:45 am In Meagan,Recipes | 7 Comments
By contributing writer Meagan Newsome of Frugal Fun & Fortune 
As a Vegetarian, I have become a lover of the mysterious grain-like substance known as quinoa. Quinoa is a pretty quirky food. The very first experience with quinoa is always fun. You can’t help but stare at the tiny, perfectly-spherical objects on the plate. And then there are the crazy little spirals that add just enough chaos into the mix. Sometimes quinoa is white; other times it’s red. You chew on a spoonful and discover a satisfying crunchiness. What is it, exactly?
Quinoa is actually a seed, rather than a grain. It has the properties of a whole grain, though. Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it has all 9 essential amino acids in it. That is pretty difficult to find in foods other than meat. That is why it is such a perfect food for Vegetarians.
Quinoa has so much going for it. The health benefits are incredible. In addition to the high protein content mentioned above, it is rare to find a bag of store-bought quinoa that is not organic. It is also gluten-free and cholesterol-free. Quinoa is so quick and easy to make, especially compared to rice. It takes all of about 15 minutes to cook up a big pot of quinoa.
Finally, quinoa is SO versatile. It can be used in so many different ways: as a substitute for rice, in casseroles, on its own with a bit of lemon juice and salt, as a taco filling , to make a fruit salad protein-packed, mixed up with nuts and vegetables , in a cold salad  (as a substitute for pasta), stuffed inside peppers , or even as a base for curries.
Even more surprising… did you know that quinoa can be a breakfast food? That’s right – it can be eaten just like oatmeal! And it is simply delightful.
If you do a quick search of the internet, you will find hundreds of different quinoa breakfast recipes. Here’s my personal favorite:
So how about starting your morning off right? With a protein-packed, healthy, and delicious bowl of quinoa!
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About Meagan Newsome
Meagan authors Frugal Fun & Fortune , where she writes about saving money, giving to others, delicious Vegetarian recipes, simple living, and her life adventures. Her greatest passions include chasing after God wholeheartedly, social justice and being a good wife. You can connect with her on Facebook  and Twitter.
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 as a taco filling: http://www.frugalfunfortune.com/2011/03/24/veggie-delights-tex-mex-quinoa-tortilla-wrap/
 mixed up with nuts and vegetables: http://www.frugalfunfortune.com/2010/03/31/veggie-delights-delicious-big-bowl-quinoa/
 cold salad: http://www.frugalfunfortune.com/2011/04/28/veggie-delights-red-quinoa-and-black-bean-veggie-salad/
 stuffed inside peppers: http://www.frugalfunfortune.com/2010/08/20/veggie-delights-quinoa-stuffed-peppers/
 Tasty Tuesday: http://beautyandbedlam.com/ways-to-save-money-on-food/
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