I was introduced to Quinoa a few years ago. Once in a while, I purchase Quinoa flakes at the Whole Foods store. Most of the time, I purchase normal Quinoa and cook it normally (like rice), then dehydrate it on a food dehydrator (during the winter, when the waste heat warms the house). Dehydrated Quinoa is simple to use on a backpacking trip, and Quinoa flakes is better for baking Quinoa Cookies. Either makes a good diet source for protein and carbohydrates.