Quinoa is so nutrient-packed, healthy, easy to prepare and delicious! It’s then no surprise that this ancient grain has become so popular in the Western world. But there is one big misconception when it comes to quinoa: that cooking it is difficult. Well, my friends, worry no more, I am here to help. Here is a simple and fool-proof tutorial for How To Cook Quinoa. Rest assured: you will get it right with this every single time.
Quinoa seeds are rich in protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins, and dietary minerals in amounts greater than in many grains. It’s just as versatile as any other grain and naturally gluten-free. It’s so versatile and so simple to make and is a great alternative for those with special diets or allergies, as it’s gluten-free and cholesterol-free and of course, vegetarian and vegan. It’s also a great alternative to rice, anything you serve with rice, you can replace it with quinoa. Think about the possibilities!
I love quinoa salads because quinoa adds such a nice texture and substance and they are so good for you. The best part, these salads will not leave you feeling hungry!
I have teamed up with GoGo quinoa to share this delicious recipe with their Organic Red and White Quinoa and to share a simple tutorial for How To Cook Quinoa.
Here are the 3 easy steps to cook quinoa perfectly every time:
- Rinse quinoa with cold water
- Toast quinoa in a pan
- Add water and bring to boil at 1 to 1.5 ratio and simmer for 12-15 minutes.
Rinse quinoa with cold water
Rinsing quinoa removes quinoa’s natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste bitter or soapy. Although packaged quinoa is often pre-rinsed, it’s still a good idea to give the seeds an extra rinse at home. Rinsing quinoa also starts to hydrate the seeds, affecting the final texture of them. It makes them cook fluffier.
Toast quinoa in a pan
Toasting brings out the oils and rich nuttiness of grains and seeds, lending depth of flavor to a variety of dishes.
Add water and bring to boil at 1 to 1.5 ratio and simmer for 12-15 minutes
Bring water to a boil and then turn down the heat. Simmer the quinoa low for 12-15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve. Water can be substituted for broth for more flavor and you can also season your water or broth with salt or any other seasoning for extra flavor. All you have to do is remember the ratio. Whatever liquid you choose to use it should be 1 cup of quinoa to 1.5 cups of water or broth.
That is all it takes to get perfectly cooked quinoa every time. It can be served warm as a side, added to soups or stews and you can also allow it to cool and make a salad with it. The options are endless. It’s just as simple to cook as rice is and can be used in the same way as you would use rice or other grains. It’s fluffy, creamy, crunchy and somewhat nutty, and you will love it.
A staple is definitely a quinoa salad. I love them. Not only does quinoa add such a nice texture and substance, but these salads are so good for you and they will not leave you feeling hungry, which is half the challenge when making any meal salads. Take a look at my delicious recipe: Corn and Quinoa Salad with a Cilantro-Jalapeno Lime Dressing.