Call it peer pressure.
Since inquiring minds always want to know more, I went Googling what was so dang special about quinoa. According to About.com, first of all, it's not actually a grain, but a seed. And since Quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids, it's considered a complete protein that is gluten-free and cholesterol free.
I guess that does make it kinda awesome, but the real question remained, would do I do with it?
Thankfully, one of my friends that is always on top of identifying awesome things way ahead of the curve (he totally has been in love with Mumford and Sons for years), shared some of his tried-and-tasted family recipes for me to try. So while I prepare a little quinoa for dinner tonight (wish me luck), I wanted to share their amazing recipes including his wife's, Nanette's Quinoa Salad.
Hearty Quinoa & Corn Chowder
Blueberry Mango Quinoa Salad with Lemon Basil Dressing
Nanette's Quinoa Salad
Do you have a quinoa recipe you'd like to share?