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Quinola: The Mothergrain

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Recently I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen thanks to my latest discovery, Quinola.  Quinola is a specialist quinoa company, importing Peru’s finest organic and Fairtrade quinoa in both raw and ready-cooked packets.

For thousands of years the Incas have grown quinoa high up in the Andes; considering the quinoa grain sacred and regard it as the ‘mother grain’.  The nutritious super-grain, Quinola Mothergrain, is grown, farmed and processed at 4,000m, just north of Lake Titicaca in southern Peru, using 500 year-old techniques.

Founder of Quinola Mothergrain, James Livingstone-Wallace, a descendent of the 19th-century Scottish explorer, Dr David Livingstone, developed the brand after coming across smallholders growing quinoa while travelling with his family in the Peruvian Andes. On returning home, James set up a Fairtrade partnership with the Cabaña Farming Co-operative.

Quinoa is a complete, organic, vegetable protein that contains all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for dietary needs.  Not only is Quinola incredibly nutritious, it’s also easy to cook and prepare – the ready-cooked sachets take minimal time to prepare and the raw sachets can be boiled up in about 15 minutes.

I have been adding Quinola to my salads and using it as a base for my favourite chicken & broccoli dish.  It is delicious both hot and cold, adding protein and texture to every meal.  It is gluten and cholesterol free, and contains the good type of carbs, so their slow release makes you feel satiated for longer.  Finally, the Quinola website has a fantastic recipe section for inspiration.

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