qui·​noa | \ ˈkēn-ˌwä How to pronounce quinoa (audio) , 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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Annie Chun’s, a brand in the international aisle, has a Thai-style green curry with brown rice and red quinoa that’s got a bit less sodium (660 milligrams), less fiber (7 grams) and a slightly lower price tag ($4.69). Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, "All processed food isn’t bad. We took a nutritionist shopping to find reasonable options.," 9 Sep. 2019 Make a large batch of a grain like rice or quinoa on the weekend to use in multiple meals. Jennifer Folsom, NBC News, "The busy mom's guide to meal planning," 21 Aug. 2019 Just before serving, pour the ghee over the rice and quinoa. Los Angeles Times, "Hammam Bay Leaf Rice With Soy-Cured Egg Yolks," 24 July 2019 Kids With Food Allergies recommends quinoa as a high-protein grain (Quinoa Crispy Treats, anyone?). Becky Krystal, Houston Chronicle, "When it comes to food allergies, how to help your kids snack smarter," 10 Sep. 2019 Veggie sides include butternut squash quinoa, zesty carrot salad, red cabbage, and carmelized onions. al, "Meet the couple behind our city’s British double-decker food truck," 5 Sep. 2019 Also: remember when the quinoa craze almost destroyed small Peruvian farms? Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "At Fortune’s Global Sustainability Forum, the Planet Is the Point: raceAhead," 5 Sep. 2019 With Food Allergies recommends quinoa as a high-protein grain (Quinoa Crispy Treats, anyone?). Becky Krystal, BostonGlobe.com, "Tips for packing school lunches and snacks in the era of food allergies," 2 Sep. 2019 There’s cauliflower rice, there’s quinoa, there’s black rice. oregonlive.com, "Fried rice: The comfort classic can be adapted to a world of different flavors," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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