Monday, July 13, 2009

What the heck in quinoa!?

I made quinoa flakes (pronounced "keen wah") for the first time the other day for Z (I wanted to make him GF oatmeal, but I couldn't find it at the store, and thought this might be a good alternative). According to the the Quinoa Corporation's Web site (, it is an ancient food that was cultivated by the ancient Incas, and was called the "mother grain." It is a seed that looks like a cross between millet and a mustard seed.

Quinoa flakes prepare more quickly than oatmeal, and when it is cooked, looks a lot like yellow squash ground in a baby food hand grinder (those of you moms who prepared your own baby food will know what I am talking about!). It has a mild flavor, and tastes a little bit like yellow squash and cream of rice with a slightly bitter after taste. It doesn't sound all that appealing, but when I mixed it with sugar, it isn't... terrible. Z actually seems to like it.
Photo "Hand in Quinoa" curtesy of

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