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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.

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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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