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.
Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Quinoa Salad
Quinoa, shrimp, and chickpeas pack a triple punch of protein into this tasty dish. The heat level is extremely mild as it comes from just 1/4 teaspoon of hot sauce. If you prefer a truly spicy dish, you can use chipotle chile powder instead of regular chili powder. For an even more dazzling plate, use multicolored heirloom cherry tomatoes. Serve with lime slices, if you like, for an extra spike of tartness. The marinated shrimp pick up gorgeous color on the grill. Don't let the flames engulf the shrimp, however, or the spices will scorch and turn bitter.