The Basics of Quinoa

Quinoa is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. It’s light and fluffy in texture but has that whole grain ability to fill people up.

Pro Tip:

Rinse quinoa before using to remove bitter saponin coating (which the plant produces to deter birds and insects). Or you can buy pre-rinsed packages, eliminating the need for this step and saving you time.

Here is the basic method

1 cup quinoa

2 cups filtered water, or broth

1/2 tsp fine sea salt

Place a saucepan over medium heat. Add quinoa then add water and salt. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. When it’s done, you’ll see tiny spirals curl around the seeds. Remove from heat and let it rest covered for another 5 minutes then fluff with a fork.

Once quinoa has cooled, store it in an airtight container for up to 3 to 5 days.

You may store cooled quinoa in a freezer-safe zip-top bag for up to 3 months.

Get creative with your quinoa. Add soy sauce and sesame oil, or tomato paste and oregano, or curry and ginger, or maple syrup and cinnamon to add an extra layer of flavor to the quinoa.

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