You heard the buzz (Everybody’s talking about quinoa!) and succumbed to the lure of its popularity (Everybody’s eating
quinoa!), so you bought some quinoa. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a delicately flavored grain and one of the only plant
foods that is a complete protein, meaning it has balanced quantities of 9 essential amino acids. Both white and red quinoa
are available in most natural-foods stores and the natural-foods sections of many supermarkets. Toasting the grain before
cooking enhances its flavor and rinsing removes any residue of saponin, quinoa’s natural, bitter protective covering.
Learn All About It: How to Cook
So now that you have the hot grain-of-the-moment in your very own kitchen—you need to know what to do with it. I think you
should make an amazing casserole with it. Here’s a new recipe, from the September/October issue of EatingWell, for a
vegetarian quinoa casserole topped with pureed squash that you’re going to love. You make it all in one skillet, the quinoa
doesn’t require any precooking and the whole thing takes just 30 minutes to put together. And you can make it up to two days
ahead of time, so it’s really convenient.
Vegetarian Quinoa & Squash
An aromatic mixture of garlic, paprika, cumin, coriander, allspice and cayenne flavors this vegetarian quinoa and squash
casserole recipe. Frozen squash is a super-easy topping.