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why? Quinoa (pronounced: KEEN-wah) is delicious, full of protein, and a good source of calcium, iron, phosphorous, B vitamins and vitamin E. It is a good replacement for rice. It is gluten-free, vegetarian, and cooks up in a matter of minutes! You can get it in a variety of colors: red, pearl (off-white or yellow) and black.

It is one of the ancient staple foods of the Incas, called “the mother grain.”

Try it here: http://www.yummyvegetarianrecipes.com/quinoa-recipe. Add some cranberries, nuts, cumin, turmeric or just good old earth balance buttery-flavored spread.