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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There was a roasted turkey and swiss sandwich, a Philly cheesesteak panini, a buffalo chicken wrap, a chicken banh mi, an Italian hero, a Thai chicken wrap, a chicken Caesar salad, and a layered quinoa veggie salad. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Amtrak revamps its food and beverage menu," 15 June 2018 To serve, spoon quinoa salad on a bed of spinach on individual serving plates, then top with sliced flank steak and garnish, if desired, with cilantro sprigs. Lucy Saunders, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cooking 101: New Marquette classes aim to raise students' kitchen GPA," 27 Apr. 2018 The group has been dishing up chickpea curries, quinoa salads, and turkey chilis for nearly three decades to individuals with chronic diseases who have trouble shopping for and preparing meals. Megan Thielking, BostonGlobe.com, "Custom meals could help curb hospital stays for people with chronic disease," 3 Apr. 2018 Rinsing rids quinoa of the bitter saponin, which coats the seed. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Quinoa pairs with a trio of mushrooms and kale for Passover side dish," 25 Mar. 2018 On top of dining on Thai chicken salad, farro and red quinoa salad with sides of french fries, and macaroni and cheese, the source shares, Khloé made sure to honor some birthday girls. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Inside Khloé Kardashian's Balloon-Filled, Perfectly Pink Baby Shower — See the Photos," 11 Mar. 2018 From cannabis to quinoa, ruby to low-sugar: this is not your grandmother’s chocolate. Isis Almeida, Philly.com, "Popcorn to ruby bars: Chocolatiers branch out to woo millennials," 12 June 2018 All protein bowls come with a choice of brown rice or sweet potato hash, or, for an extra dollar, choose antioxidant-rich Forbidden rice or quinoa. Gwen Ashley Walters, azcentral, "Popular healthy-restaurant chain continues growth in Phoenix, eyes Texas next," 24 May 2018 Well Yes that are made with trendy ingredients like quinoa. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Campbell CEO Departs After Bet On Fresh Food Falls Short," 18 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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