Quinoa is a type of healthy seed which is also considered a whole grain. It's full of protein and free from gluten and cholesterol. You can stop looking down on it, red meat lovers. Quinoa is no longer a mystery gruel or the fuel of free-lovin' hippies. Cook a cup of Quinoa in vegetable stock to use as an easy replacement for pasta or rice. Oh, and let's settle something once and for all: it's pronounced like kee-noa.