How to cook quinoa, quinoa nutritional information & more!
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Quinoa seems to be an “it food” these days. It’s a healthy, appetizing and easy to prepare ingredient that can be a great substitute for starches like rice or pasta. If you have never tried it you may be reluctant or nervous because often when we hear “healthy” we instantly think “NOT tasty.” However, that is not the case with quinoa, it’s actually super delicious! This is an ingredient that is very commonly mispronounced, so let’s start there… it is pronounced “Keen-Wah”.
In any case, the question probably remains for many of you:
What in the heck is quinoa, anyway?
Quinoa is a grain crop primarily harvested for its seeds. It was a staple food in Ancient Colombia and is now often used as a grain replacement or topping for salads, sandwiches and more. It can also be eaten as a hot breakfast cereal. You will most commonly see white quinoa, but it is available in red, black and other varieties as well!
How to prepare Quinoa
Most packages of quinoa will come with directions to prepare it, it’s cooked almost exactly as you would cook rice (approx. 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water). Always rinse the quinoa first to remove any debris. Add the quinoa & water to your pot, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Let simmer about 15 minutes.
Quinoa will quadruple in size, so cook about 1/4 the amount dry… for example if you want 2 cups of cooked quinoa, cook 1/2 cup dry quinoa. It’s easy and delicious to swap out the water for broth to add even more flavor! It comes out light and fluffy and is perfect served with a stir-fry!
Not only is this gluten free grain packed with protein, it’s also high in fiber and many other vitamins and minerals!