In my opinion quinoa is underappreciated. It entered mainstream US cuisine about 10 years ago and has become increasingly popular. But maybe you’ve only had it at a restaurant and want to give it a try at home. Here is how to cook quinoa.
Cooking it is actually more simple than you might think. It’s way easier to cook than something like rice (same cooking method) which can be so tricky. With rice, it can be too sticky, mushy, under cooked, over cooked . . . too much stress! With my method and step-by-step instructions, you’ll find that cooking quinoa is nearly fool-proof. Here’s a video and a print recipe on how to cook quinoa.
Quinoa has also earned the reputation of being trendy and perhaps a food that only “healthy” people eat. Well quinoa is pretty nutritious as far as grains go (actually it’s technically a seed). It’s one of the few non-animal products that is a complete protein. That means that it has all the essential amino acids we need for proper nutrition. For vegans and vegetarians it is a great way to add protein to their diet. But forget all that. Quinoa is just good and it is so versatile. It’s mild nutty flavor goes well with so many flavors. So watch my video on how to cook quinoa and get started
Some quick and easy ways to add flavor to cups cooked quinoa: 2 tbsps lemon juice + fresh mint leaves or 2 Tbsps lime juice, fresh cilantro, 1/2 tsp ground cumin or 1/4 cup pesto or 1/2 c coconut milk, 2 tsps fresh grated ginger and the zest of one lime. Essentially, citrus and fresh herbs are great with quinoa, so be creative.
Here are some of the quinoa recipes on my blog: