By Real Simple
Updated July 26, 2011
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($4-5 per pound or about $0.90 for every ½ cup)

Quin-what? For those of you who haven’t heard of quinoa, it’s high time you got to know this South American seed that cooks like a grain. Quinoa is gluten-free but packs the same punch of other grains. It is higher in calcium and iron than wheat or oats and contains more protein and fiber than rice. Like whole grains, quinoa protects against heart attack and promotes overall cardiovascular health. And in case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced “keen-wah”.

Try this: Easy Quinoa Recipes