Even prior to our first trip to Ecuador in 2009 Mary and I learned a little about quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) – “The Miracle Food of the Andes.”  Quinoa grows wild in the Andes mountains of Peru, Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia and was an important part of the diet of the natives for thousands of years.  It is used like a grain with flour and granules available in most grocery stores here in Ecuador, but is actually a seed and has many health benefits.

Mary almost always uses a quinoa and rice mixture rather than just plain rice to take advantage of the added nutritional value and we have tried many other unique recipes using quinoa.  But recently Mary downloaded a book written by Alyssa Rimmer called, “The Ultimate Quinoa Starter Guide.”  That book, together with Ms. Rimmer’s website:  http://www.simplyquinoa.com/ has hundreds of creative ways to use quinoa.

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