Cooking Quinoa

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quinoa Plantsquinoa grainQuinia Plant (Left) - Cooked Quinoa (Right)

Quinoa is an ancient, nutritious food. It is one of the best sources of protein in the vegetable realm.

Besides its obvious health benefits, what I like quinoa most is that it's very easy to cook. If you know how to use a rice cooker to prepare rice, you know how to cook it.

There are other ways to enjoy its health benefits, such as add it / blended it in rice, soups, salads and stews.

Here are the basic instructions for cooking quinoa:

First, you rinse the dry quinoa thoroughly if it is not pre-washed. Since it is very tiny, you may want to use a close-knit mesh colander to finish this job.

For some products, the outer saponin flavor is not removed. It's not hard to remove it yourself though. You can simply soak quinoa in water and change water a few times to make the bitter flavor go away. To save time and make things easy, I only buy quinoa that have the saponin removed. Actually, most of the quinoa products in the U.S are saponin-free. You may want to make sure if this is important to you before you buy it.

Second, combine 1/2 cup of quinoa with 1 cup water. You may replace water with a broth you like. Add salt to your taste.

Third, bring to boil for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

Fourth, turn heat off and cover with lid for about 5 minutes.

Fifth, fluff with a fork, serve and enjoy.


Quinoa is ready when the grain appears translucent and the white cute germ is clearly visible.


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