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Cooked much the same way as brown rice, quinoa can be a nutritious side dish to an otherwise ordinary dinner. The seeds can be seasoned with any number of spices or eaten plain for a nutty taste. (Republican Eagle photos by Michael Brun)

Food find: Quinoa

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As food fads go, 2013 was a good year for quinoa.

The popularity of the versatile seed reached such peaks that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. named 2013 the International Year of Quinoa.


The now household “grain” — it comes from a plant in the same family as spinach and sugar beets — can be found in grocery stores on its own, mixed with rice or ground into flour for baking.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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