Quinoa is quite popular right now. Understandably so, since it has a pleasant nutty taste, is high in protein, iron, magnesium, and fiber. It is easy to cook and makes a great pantry stable. Here is one example of what you can do with it...
(from Quinoa Revolution)
2 cups (500 ml) water
1 cup (250 ml) quinoa
3/4 cup (175 ml) halved red grapes
2/3 cup (150 ml) thinly sliced celery
1/2 cup (125 ml) thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup (125 ml ) halved fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
1/2 cup (125 ml) toasted walnuts
1/2 cup ( 125 ml) orange juice
2 T (30 ml) flaxseed oil
1/4 t salt
pinch of cinnamon
3/4 cup (175 ml) cored and diced apple
Bring the water and quinoa to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl, combine the cooled quinoa with the grapes, celery, green onions, cranberries and walnut pieces. In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, oil, salt and cinnamon. Toss diced apple in dressing then toss dressing and apples together with the quinoa mixture. This salad is best served after resting for about 2 hours in the fridge but can be served right away.