This ancient grain is a complete protein, meaning it contains all of the nine amino acids our bodies need but can’t make.

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  • In a saucepan, heat water to boiling. Add quinoa, garlic, and salt. Simmer, covered (10 minutes). Uncover and cook 2 minutes longer until dry. Transfer to large bowl; cool.

  • Preheat the oven to 350°.

  • Stir egg whites, Parmesan, basil, and pepper into quinoa.

  • In a nonstick skillet, heat 2 tsp oil over medium heat. Using 1/4-cup measure, make 4 quinoa pancakes; flatten. Cook until golden (2 minutes per side). Transfer to a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining oil and quinoa.

  • Bake pancakes 5 minutes until heated through. Serve on spinach, with salsa if desired.

Nutrition Facts

227 calories; fat 9.3g; saturated fat 2.6g; mono fat 4.6g; poly fat 1.7g; protein 11g; carbohydrates 25g; fiber 4g; cholesterol 9mg; iron 3mg; sodium 386mg; calcium 158mg.