Latin Quinoa
45 mins (prep 15, cooking 30)
18 ingredients
8 servings
Quinoa is a delicately flavored grain that was a staple in the ancient Incas' diet and is available in most natural-food stores and the natural-food section of most supermarkets. It can be bought pre-packaged or in bulk. Toasting the grain before cooking enhances the flavor and rinsing removes the bitter protective coating. Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete protein source. This is my adjusted version of a recipe I found on, from December 2005. It's a healthy, low-fat vegetarian dish with a nice mix of spice, textures, and flavors. Hot it up with some red pepper flakes if you prefer!

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Serving Size (146.86 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 232.72 Calories from Fat 23.85
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.65g 32.56%
Saturated Fat 0.22g 8.88%
Trans Fat 0.01g %
Cholesterol 4.95mg 13.21%
Sodium 270.64mg 90.21%
Total Carbohydrate 37.73g 100.6%
Dietary Fiber 10.49 g 335.61%
Sugars 0.74 g %
Protein 15.99g 255.79%
Vitamin A 192.39IU% Vitamin C 0.54mg%
Calcium 86.47mg% Iron 4.52mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
medium onion, green chilies, ground cumin, low sodium, dried cilantro, chopped scallion, fresh lime juice, kosher