Quinoa is so hard to pronounce but so easy to cook. Yesterday, I had two people, several hours apart, ask me if I knew how to cook Quinoa. This leads me to believe that, although Quinoa has been around for many years it is still kind of a mystery to many people. So today’s post is a quick tutorial on everything you need to know about Quinoa.
- The proper pronunciation of the word is keen – wa.
- Quinoa is often lumped in with the grains but it is actually a seed.
- Quinoa is covered with an extremely bitter substance called saponin. So always rinse your Quinoa very well.
- Quinoa is on of the few plant based sources of complete protien.
- Quinoa is often used as a substitute for rice
- 1 cup raw Quinoa is about 3 1/2 cup of cooked Quinoa.
1/2 cup Quinoa, rinsed very well
1 cup water
In a small saucepan combine the quinoa and water. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat to medium. Cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender.