Quinoa is a good source of essential amino acids such as lysine and methionine. Quinoa contains relatively high quantities of vitamins (thiamin, vitamin C) and minerals. Quinoa can be eaten as a rice replacement, as a hot breakfast cereal, or can be boiled in water to make infant cereal food. The seeds can even be popped like popcorn. Seeds can be ground and used as flour, or sprouted. The sprouts need to get green before they can be added to salads!