How To Cook Quinoa, Easy Quinoa Recipes
Quinoa: Tasty, versatile, has complete protein, full of vitamins & minerals!
Cooking Quinoa: Quinoa is simple to cook, very much like rice. This easy quinoa recipe gives you basic cooked quinoa - similar in texture and appearance to couscous, but more substantial and nutritious.
What to Eat With Quinoa: Quinoa is delicious served with veggies, bean dishes, tofu, or sauces.
Quinoa Nutrition: With the most complete proteins of any grain, and a great source of vitamins and minerals - iron, magnesium, Vit E, potassium, amino acids, and fiber - quinoa is an ideal food for vegetarian or vegan diets - or any kind of diet!
This basic quinoa recipe makes 4 - 6 servings. You'll need a 2 quart pot with a tight fitting lid, and a fine mesh strainer. Double the recipe if you want to have leftover quinoa for another meal or two.
Cooking Tip: To Soak or Not to Soak - it usually works well either way. Most quinoa that you buy in stores has been pre-rinsed and dried, but I'm a bit anal, so I soak it just in case, to loosen up any residue of saponin, or dust or chaff that remains. 5 minutes is generally enough. But skip this step if you like.
Nutrition Info: 1 cup cooked quinoa has 155 calories, 30 g carbohydrate, 3 g fat, 3 g dietary fiber and 5.5 g protein
Basic Quinoa Recipe - Ingredients:
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 1/2 cups cold water
- Optional: 1/2 tsp salt
Quinoa Cooking Directions:
- Optional: Soak the quinoa for 5 min in the cooking pot. Soaking helps quinoa to cook evenly, and loosens up any residue of saponin (usually removed in processing), which can give a bitter taste
- If you don't have time for a longer soaking, use hot water and soak for five minutes
- To Rinse: Stir the quinoa with your hand, and carefully pour off the rinsing water, using a fine mesh strainer at the last
- Drain quinoa well in the strainer, transfer to the cooking pot, add 1 1/2 cups water & 1/2 tsp salt if desired
- Bring to a boil, cover with a tight fitting lid, and turn the heat down to simmer
- Cook for 15 minutes
- Remove quinoa from heat and allow to sit five minutes with the lid on
- Fluff quinoa gently with a fork and serve.