Quinoa The High Protein Gluten Free Grain For Diabetics

Quinoa (qui·noa/ˈkēnwä/)

Quinoa is an ancient grain that is found above the 12,000 foot sea level and a wonderful seed/grain that I started using about a year ago.

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Quinoa, high protein, gluten free

As a Type 2 Diabetic this simple to cook grain has become my choice side dish for many of my lunches and dinners. Quinoa is a high protein (6g per 1/4 cup), gluten free grain with eight essential amino acids and has a low glycemic index number.

I use Quinoa in everything that I would normally use rice or couscous in, with virtually no complaints from my family. You prepare Quinoa in the same way as rice and couscous, it can be seasoned, cooked in broth, stewed tomatoes, pots of soup, even put into baked goods.

A favorite that our family enjoys is my “Dirty Quinoa” which is very simular to “Dirty Rice” I hope you will give it a try!

Dirty Quinoa

1# Sausage, pan-fried browned with 1/2 c. diced onion, 1/2 c. chopped red bell pepper, 1 seeded-minced serano pepper and 4 chopped garlic cloves. When browned add 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 can drained pinto or kidney beans, 3c. chicken broth and 1 1/4cups Quinoa. Bring to a boil for 1 minute then cover and simmer (med-low) for 15-20 minutes. Top with sliced green onions, this can be eaten as a one-pan meal or served as a side dish to some great Cajun meats.

You can buy Quinoa in almost all Grocery stores, Health Food Centers and online. Quinoa is a great answer to the high carb grains that are on the market and part of our daily diet for too many years and a bonus is the level of protein and fiber in quinoa.