Quinoa? I can’t say it, let alone know what to do with it!
Let’s be honest here, did you know how to pronounce quinoa (keen-wah) when you first stumble upon it in an article of a health magazine? I googled that name in a heartbeat. I didn’t want to be the loser pronouncing it wrong, and then have people snicker at my ignorance when I say, “Why, yes, I love quinoa.” (pronouncing it Qwin- oah) I have more dumb moments than I’d like to mention, so I do a lot of behind the scenes prep to come off looking knowledgeable and intelligent.
I first heard about quinoa a few years ago. It was (and still is) one of the most talked about foods. They call it a superfood. Honestly, I was scared of it for a long time. It looked scary to me with those little gooey balls that seemed to be sprouting hairs…. Did that sound dirty to anyone else but me? Anyway, all I could think was, “You eat that?!” I think I’ll pass, thank you very much. Then after having it drilled into my head by countless health magazines, health shows, and John Tesh… yes, John Tesh. He is quite sneaky – getting into your head with all that Intelligence For Your Life. You remember how I said I have more dumb moments than I’d like to admit? Well, John has helped me have less dumb moments (Thanks, John!). So, after hearing how quinoa seeds contain essential amino acids (like lysine) and good quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron – I decided to give it a try. I actually found that it was quite good (when made right).