How To Make The Perfect Quinoa

September 13, 2012

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Bring to a boil.  Once quinoa comes to a boil, stir and reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes uncovered.
  4. Then cover the pot and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  5. After the 10 minutes, turn off the stove.
  6. Let the quinoa sit, covered for 5 mins.  Then fluff and enjoy with any number of mix-ins.

how to make the perfect quinoa

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.

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  • Reply Tamara September 13, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Just discovered (or attempted to make) quinoa this past week. It’s been on my list of foods to tackle for awhile and I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was. I look forward to more recipes. Loves!

  • Reply Food & Fitness = Happiness! September 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I love Quinoa, but how do you get it so you don’t have rock-like pieces in it? I’ve tried rinsing it really really well, but that didn’t seem to help :/

    • Reply Lisa Horvath September 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Do you mean once it’s cooked there are little rock hard individual pieces or the quinoa itself is clumping together? If it’s the former, try running your hand through it while your rinsing to find any rough pieces. Also, pick through and discard any dark colored pieces. If you mean the latter, try stirring the quinoa after it comes to a boil and periodically while it’s simmering, that will keep it from clumping. Hope that helps.

  • Reply Marisa September 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks for the recipe Lisa. I’m gonna give it a try and see if my picky kids will eat it too. I am always looking for a way to get more protein into their diets! Hope you are enjoying Boston, I’ve always wanted to live there. =)

    • Reply Lisa Horvath September 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      I took a quinoa dish to a dinner last weekend and our friends’ 2 year old ate it, so hopefully yours will too.

  • Reply Jamie F. September 13, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    My wife makes me Quinoa once and a while, and as a MEAT EATER/CARNIVORE/MEGAN, I have to admit that its really good. You can dress it up, its more filling than rice, and its good as a side OR a main dish. It goes great with chicken too. Great post!

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  • Reply Kim September 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    So you’re a lot like quinoa? I always pictured you more as a bright red backpack. 🙂 I am so excited for your blog! I will be simply lousy at following it, but I love yoga, quinoa, your writing and your new recipes! Wish I could take a class from you. Good luck in Boston!

    • Reply Lisa Horvath September 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

      Haha. Well I am a lot like a bright red backpack still 🙂 Thanks for reading Kimo Sharghi!

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