Quinoa is one of my very favorite superfoods. It originated thousands of years ago in South America where it was known as "the mother of all grains." It certainly has an impressive nutritional pedigree, chock full of protein, fiber, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, copper, iron, omega 3 fatty acids, zinc and potassium, it seems it has every right to be called a superfood. 1 cup of cooked quinoa has over 10% of the RDA for Vitamins B1, 2 and 6. To round it out nicely it has small amounts of calcium, B3 (Niacin),Vitamin E plus it's gluten free. Little wonder it was considered sacred to the Incas. These days it's grown in the US, White Mountain Farm was the first US company to grow quinoa as a commercial crop back in 1987.
With all these health benefits bursting forth from this tiny seed (technically it's a seed not a grain) I wanted to share my current favorite quinoa salad. I made a huge bowl of this for the Thanksgiving table yesterday, it's packed with delicious flavors from the roasted butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots and red onions all slightly caramelized to add a hint of sweetness.