Quinoa is quickly becoming the nutritional superstar of this century. Quinoa is not actually a grain- it's a seed; high in protein and fiber and it provides balanced energy and satiety. One cup of quinoa has about as much protein as two deli siices of chicken breast, or about 15 percent protein by weig ht.
One big reason why quinoa has come into fashion is it's easy to prepare as it comes pre-rinsed, with a 15- minute cooking time. When cooked, quinoa is light, fluffy, slightly crunchy and subtly flavored. lt actually cooks and tastes like a grain, making it an excellent replacement for grains like wheat, oats, and barley. This is because quinoa is gluten-free!