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Get acquainted with quinoa

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Whole-grain quinoa combined with potatoes and vegetables comes to the table as a hearty side salad or a meatless entree.

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"Try This at Home" by Richard Blais

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Quinoa is the United Nation's food of the year.

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Celebrate National Margarita Day on Feb. 22.

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Pan-seared Spiced Pork Chops with Microwave Applesauce from "Try This at Home" by Richard Blais

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The United Nations launches its 2013 International Year of Quinoa initiative so if you're not familiar with quinoa (keen-WA) yet, you'll will be soon. Once found only in specialty food stores, this grain is considered a super food by nutritionists and health experts for its high fiber and protein content. If that wasn't reason enough to like it, it's also high in essential amino acids and is free of gluten and cholesterol.

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    • Quinoa is the United Nation’s food of the year.
    • Celebrate National Margarita Day on Feb. 22.
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