quinoa

noun
qui·​noa | \ ˈkēn-ˌwä, kē-ˈnō-ə\

Definition of quinoa

: an annual herb (Chenopodium quinoa) of the goosefoot family that is native to the Andean highlands and is cultivated for its starchy seeds which are used as food and ground into flour also : its seeds

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Whole grain: Choose from quinoa, emmer farro, einkorn, spelt, whole-grain sorghum (as opposed to pearled), whole-grain barley (again, not pearled), bulgur wheat, freekeh, Kamut wheat, brown rice, black rice, red rice and wild rice. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 The ancient grains bowl has quinoa, roasted veggies, avocado, chicken—my dream meal. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "3 Professional Surfers on Their Favorite Things," 13 Sep. 2018 Favorite meals include steak or chicken with quinoa salad and tortellini with vegetables. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Mountain Biking Is Hard—Now Try it on a Unicycle," 11 Aug. 2018 Have a piece of toast in the morning; have some quinoa at lunch. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes Said Seeking Help for Her Eating Disorder Changed Her Life," 11 Oct. 2018 Buckwheat Many people living with celiac disease can tolerate this whole grain, along with quinoa, amaranth, and sorghum. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "The 11 Healthiest Whole Grains You Should Be Eating," 17 July 2018 Farroe Island salmon is highlight for the fish entree and it's paired with quinoa, squash, bell pepper, tomato caper relish and fresh basil for $27. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Holiday Market introduces fresh-ingredient meal kits," 11 Jan. 2018 Customers first choose a base from five options: sushi rice, black rice, quinoa, zucchini noodles or romaine lettuce. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Freestyle Poké: 5 things to know about River Market's popular Hawaiian-style cafe," 2 July 2018 Chicken breast, steamed broccoli, and either brown rice or quinoa. Luke Darby, GQ, "The Real-Life Diet of Reggie Watts, Who Is Very Funny and Very Ripped," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of quinoa

1625, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quinoa

Spanish, from Quechua kinua

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