Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), is often described as a grain, but is actually a seed related to the spinach family. Quinoa is a complete protein because it contains all nine essential amino acids required by the body as building blocks for muscles. It has twice the protein of rice and is a good source of dietary fibre. Quinoa is easy to digest, contains no gluten and is higher in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc than wheat, barley, or corn.
Quinoa can be found in all the UK major supermarket chains that we've tried, although only Tesco seem to repackage it under their own brand name. When cooked it is light, fluffy and slightly crunchy.
Because of the health benefits and more interesting consistency and flavour quinoa has now pretty much replaced rice in our house.
Vegetable chilli with quinoa: