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This information on Quinoa is from Kraft Food Service

What's So “Keen” about Quinoa? (pronounced "keen wha")

A new world of taste and texture exists for your customers when you explore new foods—especially new types of fruits, vegetables and grains. There are hosts of intriguing foods out there, and the nutrients they contain make them worth looking at the next time you want to offer patrons something different.

Quinoa has a long and distinguished history in South America. It has been cultivated in the Andean highlands since 3,000 BC. Its adaptation to cold, dry climates, seed processing similarity to rice, and excellent nutritional qualities make quinoa a crop of considerable value to highland areas around the world which are currently limited as far as crop diversity and nutritional value.  In the time of the Incas, quinoa sustained armies that frequently marched for days.

Quinoa is a relatively small grain that looks like tiny, light-colored pearls and it is slightly crunchy when cooked. This small grain contains protein, and is also a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc and iron. One-half cup of cooked quinoa contains approximately 315 calories and 5 g dietary fiber.

Cook quinoa in water or broth, much like rice, and then serve as a side dish or as a salad. Adding fruit or vegetables to quinoa increases variety, color and nutrition. Dry roasting the quinoa in a skillet before cooking enhances the flavor as well.

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables to your health conscious clientele. Kraft® Light Done Right Italian Reduced Fat Dressing is enhanced with chipotle peppers and lime juice and compliments perfectly the toasted quinoa and flavorful vegetables. Your customers will love it!

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