How to cook basic Quinoa
From salads , soups to stir-frys, quinoa is so versatile and one of my favorite little grains great gluten-free grain to throw into recipes. It’s full of protein and fiber, it absorbs all the liquid you cook it in. Meaning that you can add Veggie stock and/or herbs to add extra flavor .
Another thing that’s wonderful too is that Quinoa cooks in only 15 minutes, and keeps in the fridge up to a week, makes it perfect to add to your weeknight dinners or toss it in your lunch at anytime of the week .
So, how to cook quinoa?
1: Rinse well your Quinoa: Quinoa can be bitter if you do not rinse properly before you cook it. Use a fine mesh strainer and rinse it a few times under cool water.
2: You can Use different liquids to cook your quinoa, but water works great too.
For a savory dish, I’ll cook my quinoa in vegetable stock for a bit of flavor from the salt or just the Basic with salt and water ,
Start with one part quinoa, two parts water or other cooking liquid (veggies stock , milk, etc).
1 cup quinoa and 2 cups of liquid, will make about 3 cups of cooked quinoa.
You can always double that to make a larger batch .
3: Bring the cooking liquid to a boil then stir in the rinsed quinoa.
Reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for exactly 15 minutes. Remove the saucepan from heat and let stand covered for another 5-10 minutes.
4: Use a Fork to To help separate the grains .
Use this cooked quinoa as a base in different recipes savory recipes , or just as a great side for saucy dishes or topped with nuts ,fruits , milk/yogurt for breakfast .