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How to Cook Quinoa

Quinoa has gained much popularity the last few years mainly for providing many valuable properties lacking in most grains.  It is however, not a grain, but a seed that can be cooked like grains and makes a great replacement in recipes for grains. 

How to Cook Quinoa 

It is very versatile in that it tastes great used in hot dishes and cold salads.  High in nutrients, protein and “heart healthy” fats, it’s no wonder everyone is using it all over the place. 

But how do you cook it? I usually buy it in the bulk food section where there are no instructions.  It’s quite simple actually.  All you need is a pot, water and a little salt.  

 

How to Cook Quinoa

 

 

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How to Cook Quinoa

Quinoa

  • Author: Tracy Iseminger @ Daily Dish Magazine
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25

Description

How to Cook Quinoa


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Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Quinoa (rinsed)

Instructions

  1. Stir all ingredients together in a pot
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Stir, cover and reduce heat
  4. Simmer for approximately 20 minutes
  5. Stir again, cover and let sit an additional 5 minutes
  6. Stir and serve

Notes

  • *If all water fails to absorb, pour through strainer to pull off extra liquid

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 104
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 201
  • Fat: 2
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 18
  • Protein: 4
  • Cholesterol: 0

 

In my experience, using this ratio has produced a moist but not soggy batch of Quinoa.  Due to variances in cooking temperatures and personal taste, you may find you need to add or reduce the water content.  If you like a chewier texture, you will want to use less  water.  If you like a softer result, you can add more water and continue to simmer additional time.  Experiment and find what works for you! 

 

What’s YOUR favorite Quinoa dish? 

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Tracy Iseminger

Tracy is a busy mother and social media junkie. Her adventures in cooking led her to create Daily Dish Magazine. She has a passion for travel and wine. You can find her writing at Back Porch Somm as well. She works with a local digital marketing agency and as a Dental Hygienist, but her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.

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