Quinoa is a versatile grain* that is great-tasting, high in protein, and is one of the quickest whole grains to prepare. It can go from pantry to table in 20 minutes.
My no-fail method takes the guess-work out of cooking quinoa and prevents accidental scorching of this wonderful grain.
Simple Quinoa Instructions
- Measure 1 cup of quinoa into sieve or strainer with small holes.
- Rinse quinoa thoroughly to remove bitter-tasting saponins.
- Put quinoa in large sauce pan.
- Add enough filtered water to cover by 2-3 inches.
- Optional: toss in a vegetable bouillon cube.
- Bring water and quinoa to a boil.
- Turn heat down, and simmer at a low boil for 14-15 minutes.
- Remove quinoa from heat and drain into colander over the sink.
- Put drained quinoa into serving bowl and fluff with a fork.
- Season according to your preference (e.g., splash of liquid aminos; dash of sea salt; etc.) or use in your favorite recipe.
Voila! Super-simple quinoa!
This recipe works for any amount of quinoa. I just used 1 cup as an example. The secret is to use plenty of water for a good rolling boil without concern of boiling away all the water.
* Technically, quinoa is a seed…
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image: Fluffy Quinoa © 2010. Christianna Pierce.