KITCHEN TIPS: HOW TO COOK QUINOA

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I hate to admit it but I have fallen behind on my posting. We took a week off to go home and spend time with our families. We of course had so much fun that I fell behind.  

I thought today I would share another kitchen tip from my kitchen series. How to cook Quinoa. I use quinoa in all sorts of recipes from salads, to main dishes. Its a staple at our house and is super easy to prepare! If you haven’t tried quinoa you need to. You won’t regret it.  

Quinoa is a funny food and it seems that every one is eating it these days. If you are unsure whether to jump on the qunioa wagon here’s a few little facts for you. It isn’t really a grain, I think it’s actually classified as a seed, but when describing it to someone who is really unfamiliar with it I compare it to grains, such couscous or rice. I substitute it out for grains all of the time. 

Quinoa is quick and easy to prepare and has a nutty smell and flavor. I love eating it with lettuce wraps, salads, or in place of grains. It is a source of some protein which is perfect because during the summer I am an almost vegetarian. So cook up a batch and replace the rice in something you are making with quinoa or add it to a favorite recipe. 

 

Yield:  3 servings (roughly 1 c each)

Time:  20 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 c quinoa
  • 2 c water

TOOLS:

  • medium saucepan & lid


DIRECTIONS:

  • Step 1

Combine quinoa and water in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Cover with lid. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Fluff with a fork before serving.    

I love this nutty little food. It reheats great and is so versatile in what you can use it in.

Looking for some ideas? Try putting quinoa in this lettuce wrap recipe.  

Enjoy,

Larisa

Larisa

Here’s a little about me: I usually don’t buy things that I could make. I like to read and learn. I have dreams of being a mom, living in foreign countries, and trying new things. I take a ton of pictures. I collect rocks from the places I’ve been. I’m trying to learn French. I like to eat. I’m a Mormon.

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