Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) has risen to superstar fame in recent years. It’s a gluten-free, high-protein, high-fiber, quick-cooking whole grain with a nutty flavor and a fun pop between the teeth when cooked. You’ll find beige, red, black, or tricolor quinoa in stores; they all taste the same, so use whichever color you prefer. Because quinoa has a bitter-flavored natural coating, it’s always a good idea to rinse it before cooking. Quinoa is great for pilafs, salads, soups, casseroles, and more. Find 38 great recipes for cooking with this ancient grain here.
Baked Tomatoes with Quinoa, Corn, and Green Chiles
These tomatoes are stuffed full with super-healthy quinoa, sweet fresh corn, poblano chiles, and lots of shredded cheese. Fresh lime juice adds a burst of citrus freshness. It's a delicious side or meatless main. Poblano chiles are mildly spicy, and roasting brings out their natural fruity sweetness. Cumin adds earthy, warm notes and emphasizes the Southwestern influences of the dish. The dish uses liquid from the tomato pulp to infuse the quinoa with tomato flavor. When you broil the corn kernels, be sure to get a little char on them—the caramelization makes fresh corn even more delicious and complexly flavored.