Packed with protein and hundreds of years of wisdom, quinoa may be not only one of the most practical ingredients a chef can use, but also one of the most devious, for it has been fooling us all for hundreds of years. This tiny ingredient, usually assumed to be a grain, isn’t really that at all—it’s a seed.
Though it leads a life of deceit and disguise, this unassuming ingredient can make a bold impact on a dish when prepared well. And it’s a feel good ingredient, too, packed with 12-18% protein and containing a balanced set of essential amino acids. Today, some of the most progressive chefs are keen on quinoa, and share suggestions for incorporating this once-sacred ancient plant in your own dishes: