Techniques for cooking quinoa
Quinoa. It’s one of those foods that’s pretty non-assuming and takes on the flavors of whatever it’s in. Cooking it isn’t difficult, but there are a few tips you need to follow so your quinoa isn’t bitter tasting and is cooked correctly.
Once cooked, quinoa can be stored in a covered container and refrigerated. You can add quinoa to recipes or make it the star of the show!
What’s so great about quinoa?
Benefits of quinoa include:
- High in protein
- Gluten Free
- High fiber
- High in magnesium
- Contains all 9 essential amino acids
- High in other vitamins, calcium and iron
How do you cook quinoa?
The best way to cook quinoa:
- Always rinse quinoa first to remove a bitter coating
- Measure 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water
- Boil for 12 minutes in a covered pot
- Let sit off heat with lid on for an additional 15 minutes
Ways to use quinoa:
Some uses of quinoa:
- Eat as a side dish with a bit of soy sauce
- Add a tablespoon to scrambled eggs before cooking
- Sprinkle a tablespoon over a green lettuce salad
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- Place quinoa in a bowl. Cover with water
- Rub quinoa between fingertips to help remove coating from quinoa
- Drain quinoa in a fine sieve and rinse well with water.
- Add quinoa to a sauce pot and add 2 cups of water.
- Bring to a boil and cover. Turn heat to low and simmer for 12 minutes.
- Turn off heat. Leave lid on and let sit for an additional 15 minutes.
- Remove lid and fluff quinoa with a fork.
Serving Size1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 19 Total Fat 0g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 3mg Carbohydrates 3g Fiber 0g Sugar 0g Protein 1g