Want to know how to make the perfect quinoa? It’s really quite simple. But first, let’s talk a little bit about quinoa itself. It’s an amazing little grain, or to be more accurate, seed.
Here are just a few of quinoa’s most redeeming qualities:
-It’s considered a complete protein, which is great for vegans and vegetarians looking to get their essential amino acids.
-It has heart healthy monounsaturated fats.
-It’s gluten-free, which of course makes it very popular in our household.
-It’s flavor is so mild that you can mix it with just about anything.
– Oh, and it’s really easy to make and cheap, especially if you buy in the bulk bins!
How to Make The Perfect Quinoa
- Measure out 1 cup of quinoa. Place in tight sieve and rinse. This removes any dust, dirt or bitterness left on the seeds, don’t skip this step.
- Place quinoa in a pot. Cover with 2 cups of water and a few pinches of salt. 2:1 water to quinoa, same ratio as when you’re making rice.
- Bring to a boil. Once quinoa comes to a boil, stir and reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes uncovered.
- Then cover the pot and simmer for another 10 minutes.
- After the 10 minutes, turn off the stove.
- Let the quinoa sit, covered for 5 mins. Then fluff and enjoy with any number of mix-ins.
The best thing about quinoa is its easily paired with all kinds of flavors. I personally love southwestern flavors so I often mix in black beans, corn, avocado and a chili lime dressing. But it’s equally as delicious with basil, tomatoes and fresh feta or mozzarella.
Unfortunately I have none of the above mentioned ingredients in the house (blogger fail) so the basic quinoa prep is all you’ll get for today. Tomorrow, I’ll go to the grocery store and will share a full recipe.