Rinse your Quinoa!

Make sure your Passover holiday is tasty and safe.
Rinse your quinoa!


Quinoa has become a favorite during the Passover holiday since it seems like a grain, but it is actually a seed, thus making it Kosher for Passover.  


Quinoa has a natural coating called saponin, a pytochemical, which naturally protects it from pests. (This means you really do not need to pay a high price for organic quinoa since it has it’s own natural pesticide!)


However, this same natural pesticide, saponin, is bitter and can also be dangerous to those who eat large quantities of non-rinsed quinoa.  Last year a friend was rushed to Emergency due to eating a large amount of quinoa without rinsing off the saponin.


You MUST RINSE the quinoa before cooking it.  Because the quinoa seed is so small, it can easily slip through a strainer.  I like to soak the quinoa for a few minutes so it absorbs some of the water and becomes a bit plumper.  Then I put it in a strainer and rinse it under the tap for several minutes under a strong flow of water.  Once it is rinsed, you can  cook the quinoa as directed.

Don’t just wait for Passover to enjoy the health benefits of rinsed quinoa.  Quinoa is a complete protein, which means it provides all 9 essential amino acids.
Hag Sameach!  Have a very happy and healthy passover!

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