How to Cook Quinoa


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.

  1.  The proper pronunciation of the word is keen – wa.
  2.  Quinoa is often lumped in with the grains but it is actually a seed.
  3.  Quinoa is covered with an extremely bitter substance called saponin.  So always rinse your Quinoa very well.
  4. Quinoa is on of the few plant based sources of complete protien.
  5. Quinoa is often used as a substitute for rice
  6. 1 cup raw Quinoa is about 3 1/2 cup of cooked Quinoa.


Basic 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. 


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