The Super Seed: Quinoa Roundup

By Kate McCart
10th Jul 2012

A few quick facts about quinoa… 

1) It has an interesting pronunciation (that's keen-wah for the uninitiated); 

2) It's a seed but is commonly mistaken for a grain;  

3) Classified as a "super food" by health aficionados; 

4) Gluten free;

5) And, despite its strange name, similarities to birdseed, super duper health benefits and lack of delicious gluten, it's god damn delightful! 

Serving time on many a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, we thought it necessary to do a quick roundup of Brisbane's best. Whether they're dishing it up in a salad, porridge or cookie, these local haunts sure know how to work this super seed. 

Willie's Cacao and Quinoa Cookie | Press

Feel like a sweetie minus the food guilt? Stop by Press for their (almost) healthy quinoa, millet and oat cookie with dark chocolate chunks. Always fresh out of the Jocelyn's Provisions oven across the road, you'll probably smell the baked deliciousness as you mosey along James Street. 

Where: Press | Shop 18 at 64 James Street in Fortitude Valley 

Contact: 07 3852 6426 

Quinoa Super Food Salad | Press

Yes, Press is getting a double mention. Their amazing ability to turn this super seed into treats both sweet and savoury is enough to woo me. And their quinoa, lentil, pumpkin, tomato, harissa, green bean and pepita salad is off the charts and HEALTHY. Our hot tip: Get in early as they usually sell out by 1pm, and team it with the spiced Moroccan dressing. 

Where: Press | Shop 18 at 64 James Street in Fortitude Valley 

Contact: 07 3852 6426 

Quinoa Porridge with Stewed Rhubarb, Mascarpone and Crushed Walnuts | Pearl Café

We'd like to think this quinoa take on porridge is a little kinder on the waistline, but after it's scattered with sugary rhubarb and dolloped with mascarpone, sadly, it's probably not. It's the ultimate indulgent brekky for those with a sweet tooth. 

Where: Pearl Café | 28 Logan Road in Woolloongabba

Contact: 07 3392 3300

Pan Seared Barramundi with Quinoa, Semi-dried Tomato, Sunflower Seeds, Toasted Almonds, Pepitas and Caponata | The Corner Store Café

Skip breakfast and make a beeline for lunch at The Corner Store Café. The Barramundi is moist yet crispy, not to mention the delicious accompaniments. A light and fresh take on a wintery dish. 

Where: The Corner Store Café |113 Sylvan Road in Toowong 

Contact: 07 3870 2223

Naturally Seeds and Whole Grains Cooking Class | Mondo Organics

Learn how to cook with quinoa and its whole grain friends, under the tutelage of nutritionist Rhiannon Mack. I know that October may seem like a while down the track, but Mondo Organics cooking classes quite often book out months in advance.

Where: Mondo Organics | 166 Hardgrave Road in West End

When: 6th October, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Cost: $110

Contact: 07 3822 1132

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