Quinoa is a little seed that packs a powerful punch. The World’s Healthiest Foods talks about the many benefits of this product.
Although you can find quinoa at your local Wal-Mart you will pay more for it. Sam’s Club has it for a great price or you can order it through (affiliate link) Amazon, Vitacost (this is my referral link – if you sign up through it you will receive $10 off a $30 purchase), or your food co-op. If you have never had quinoa before, you might want to buy a cup or two from the bulk bins in a health food store so you aren’t stuck with something else in your pantry you’ll never use.
So, now that you’ve gone out and bought this little seed you might wonder how to cook quinoa. It is very simple and you can have it ready to eat in under 25 minutes. Doesn’t get much better than that. Even though the quinoa you buy has already had most of the saponins removed, there is enough residue left that rinsing the quinoa is very important! Don’t skip or you will end up with a bitter tasting dish. If you don’t have a mesh strainer fine enough, line what you have with cheese cloth. If you are making this as a side dish feel free to add sautéed onions, garlic, and herbs in with the quinoa and liquid.
Come back next week for a list of recipes to use your quinoa in!
- 1 C. Quinoa
- 2 C. liquid (water or broth)
- optional, ¼ t. salt
- Rinse quinoa well in a fine mesh strainer.
- Place liquid, quinoa, and salt in a pot and bring to a boil.
- Cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
- Cook for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
- Fluff with fork.
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