Today was supposed to be a “peek in my cart” day. The day when I show you all of the deals that I’ve found. And to be honest, this is a pretty decent week at my local grocery stores.
At Shaw’s there was a $5/50 coupon attached to the flier, with some pretty decent deals that it could be paired with.
And pair I did. I made sure to stock up on groceries that had coordinating coupons like Mott’s Apple Juice, Fresh Express Salad (hooray for produce coupons), Johnsonville Sauage, and lots of other foods that were an even further bargain with the $5/50 coupon.
One of the items on my list to grab that wasn’t on sale was quinoa. Quinoa is a super food that I’ve recently studied up on. It looks like a grain, although it’s not. But it has the nutty texture of one and acts quite nicely as a carb in a dish.
Packed with amino acids, quinoa offers a tremendous amount of nutrition. Once considered “the gold of the Incas”, quinoa has reemerged as not only a nutritional powerhouse, but a popular ingredient in the gourmet food scene.
Ever since the accident, I’ve been adding seriously nutrient dense foods into my diet to aid my healing body. My doctor believes that it will take a full two years for me to heal, so I’m being mindful to eat foods that help in that process.
And let me tell you, that comes with a price. Food that is truly good for you can cost a pretty penny. Quinoa is a good example. At my Shaw’s it was $11.99 for a 26oz bag. Apparently they were being literal with that whole gold of the Incas thing.
But the funny thing about that? It’s a diet staple in Equador, Bolivia, and Peru, which means it’s affordable there. Sort of like our potatoes. But here in the United States it’s a health food novelty, therefore expensive.
Despite the price, I tossed it in my cart because I was too curious not to…..
Quinoa that is not washed well is known to have a bitter taste. And some people in health food forums compare the flavor of quinoa to mud. How is that for a build up?
But I was completely smitten with it from the first bite. Sort of nutty, kind of pasta/rice like, but definitely delicious. I simmered my quinoa in chicken broth and a little curry powder, which resulted in a flavorful filling side dish.
For my dinner tonight, I tossed in some shrimp and zucchini because I’m getting shrimp dirt cheap this week at Stop&Shop. I would’ve never guessed that I’d pay less for shrimp than quinoa.
After dinner I did some research online. I found that quinoa is much more affordable on Amazon. Some friends on Facebook told tales of finding it even cheaper through co-ops and bulk stores.
I’ll have to investigate those options because I really enjoyed quinoa. Even though it’s a budget buster, it’s a healthy one. One that I’m willing to invest in.
How about you? Have you tried quinoa? Like it? How do you get it cheaper? Do you avoid “health foods” due to the expense?