2013 has been named the International Year of Quinoa by the United Nations—now that’s respect! What’s not to love about it? With its high-fiber, high-protein content, quinoa is more popular than ever.
This small, flat seed ranges from yellow to red, pink, and black, and delivers a nutty taste and plenty of nutrients. It is naturally covered with a bitter substance called saponin, which must be rinsed off before using. Packaged quinoa may have the saponin already removed.
With about twice the protein of rice and corn, quinoa pairs well with vegetables, beans, and meats. It provides iron, magnesium, fiber, and a complete protein. And since cooking quinoa is fast and easy, it’s a wonderful pantry staple.
How to cook quinoa
Rinse 1 cup of quinoa in a strainer. In a saucepan, combine 2 cups water with 1 cup quinoa and ½ teaspoon salt (optional). Bring to boil, then reduce the heat, cover the pan, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Fluff up the quinoa and serve.
Basic quinoa facts
How much cooked quinoa does 1 cup dry quinoa yield? 1 cup dry quinoa yields about 3 cups cooked quinoa.
How much liquid do I need to cook quinoa??To cook 1 cup quinoa, you need about 2 cups liquid.
How long does it take to cook quinoa? 1 cup quinoa will cook in about 15–20 minutes.
Should I add salt when cooking my quinoa? I usually add in ½ teaspoon of salt per cup of dry quinoa. It will help bring out the flavor, but salt is definitely not required.
How can I make quinoa taste better? Try adding some aromatic herbs or spices, or cook quinoa in chicken broth or vegetable broth. You can even cook quinoa in milk or coconut milk for a breakfast type dish.
You may want to try some quinoa recipes:
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