Are you a vegetarian, gluten sensitive, or just plain carb obsessed? Then quinoa is the perfect super food for you! This ancient grain is native to the Incas and was praised as “The Mother of All Grains.” Unlike most plant based foods, quinoa is a complete protein source with 6g protein per 1/4C serving, dried. Nutritional benefits don’t stop there; it is also a great source of fiber, magnesium, and iron.
Quinoa is similar to millet and/or brown rice with a naturally nutty flavor that is extremely versatile. Cooked with milk, cinnamon and honey, makes for a delicious, hearty breakfast. Or, cooked in chicken broth, quinoa can act as the perfect grain to pair with fresh salmon or chicken breast.
How to perfectly cook quinoa
Like rice, quinoa's ratio of grain to liquid is 1 to 2.
(note: a single serving of quinoa is 1/4C dried quinoa).
- Rinse the quinoa in a strainer.
- Begin by bringing quinoa and liquid to a rolling boil.
- Then reduce heat to low and cover.
- Let simmer for 12-14 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed.
*The secret to cooking the perfect quinoa is patience. Turning the heat as low as it can go ensures that the quinoa will cook all the way through and becomes fluffy (instead of crunchy).
For quinoa recipe ideas, check out some of our favorite quinoa links below!
11/6/2011 at 9:33 AM