Kaniwa: the new Quinoa
Meet the new superfood: kaniwa.
Just like its cousin Quinoa, Kaniwa comes from the South America's Andean Region and it's also a seed (sometimes referred to as "pseudo-grain"). It is also gluten-free.
Kaniwa (pronounced ka-nyi-wa) is a tiny seed, about half the size of quinoa, but otherwise very similar. It's high in protein, fiber, ALA omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and calcium.
Kaniwa has a nutty, slightly sweet flavor and can be used it in salads, soups, side dishes, or even as a porridge for breakfast.
Although you should rinse it before cooking, kaniwa does not contain saponins, a compound that makes quinoa soapy and bitter (if not washed off).
Best way to prepare kaniwa:
Rinse with water and let it air dry
Toast kinawa slightly before cooking to enhance its nutty flavor
1 cup of kaniwa to 2 cups of water, bring to boil, cook in low heat until water is fully absorbed
Water can be substituted by vegetable broth for flavor
Another healthy and versatile option - who said eating healthy is boring and repetitive?