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Quinoa Made Easy

Let us do the work for you!  Now available are not only Simple Truth dry red and white quinoas, but four varieties of pre-cooked frozen quinoa in your favorite brand with the little green circle.  Quinoa, pronounced “keen-wa”, has gained momentum in the last couple years as one of our new favorite foods.  Quinoa is an ancient “pseudo-cereal”, originating from South America (one of the areas we also source our quinoa) a few thousand years ago.  Believe it or not, quinoa is a closer relative to vegetables and herbs than grains, making its way to our plates from a plant in the “goosefoot” family.  “Simple Truth Organic White Quinoa & Barley” is a tasty, convenient (read: only your microwave is needed if serving warm!), and more adaptable quinoa, worth talking about:


  • Protein powerhouse: there are four grams of protein per serving (quinoa is a complete protein and happens to contain more of the amino acid “lysine” than other grains)
  • Iron-rich: each cup holds 20% Daily Value (or about 3.5 milligrams) iron
  • Good on fiber: three grams a serving, we’ll take that!
  • Certified organic (by Oregon Tilth): meets standards of the USDA National Organic Program, which includes being made without conventional pesticides or herbicides, has not undergone bioengineering, and is produced in an effort to support sustainability
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO): added for flavor and mouthfeel, EVOO also has a desirable fat profile which encourages heart health

Fun ways to eat Simple Truth Organic White Quinoa & Barley:

  • Starting your day right: mix it in with Simple Truth Oatmeal and fruit or atop your waffles or pancakes
  • Front and center: make it a stir-fry entrée with other lean proteins or vegetables
  • That’s a wrap: layer it on your next veggie or cold-cut tortilla wrap (don’t even have to cook!)
  • As a side order: perfect as a complement to any meal.  Try it mixed with tomato, parsley, and lemon juice for a garden-fresh tabbouleh
  • Packed in a patty: combine with breadcrumbs, one Simple Truth egg (or egg substitute), garlic and herbs, until desired firmness. Grill or place on stovetop, cooking evenly on both sides until slightly browned and internal temperature reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Slip in with salsa: add one part thawed quinoa to two parts fresh salsa for a new take on dip
  • Decadent dessert: warmed cobbler tastes great as quinoa with Simple Truth Organic Yellow Cling Sliced Peaches, raisins, and cinnamon

Does quinoa make an appearance in your diet?  Tell us how!

Molly Hembree

Molly Hembree is a dietitian for The Kroger Company, providing nutrition, diet, food safety, allergen, and other health education to customers, partners, associates and the community.  She obtained her BS in Dietetics from Eastern Kentucky University and is a current graduate student at the University of Cincinnati towards her MS in Nutrition. 

Molly is a Certified Food Safety Manager by the FSP National Registry and holds two weight management certificates from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  In her free time, she enjoys Zumba, learning about vegan nutrition, and finding new, exciting ways to put fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes at the center of the plate!

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