Quinoa is one of the fastest growing foods in the health food industry due to its high protein content, essential amino acids, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. Moreover, it is a great option for those who need to follow a gluten-free meal plan.It is also easy to cook, extremely versatile, as it can be used in salads, side dishes, sandwiches and even for breakfast as a granola substitute.
Cooking quinoa is a relatively easy process, very similar to cooking brown rice.
Here are the basics:
1 cup DRY quinoa = 3 cups COOKED quinoa
Therefore, the ratio is always 1:3. So if you only need 1 cup of cooked quinoa, you only need to get 1/3 cups of dry. If this is hard, you can always make extra and use the leftovers to have for breakfasts or make your own breakfast recipe (I heard quinoa blueberry muffins are fantastic!).
1 cup DRY quinoa is cooked in 2 cups of WATER.
Therefore, the ratio of dry quinoa to water is always 1:2. 1/2 cup dry quinoa only needs 1 cup of water.
How to cook quinoa:
1. Measure out the dry quinoa you need based on the instruction in the basics.
2. Put it in a fine mesh sieve and let cold water pour over it until the water comes out clear. This step is to take out the slightly bitter taste out of the quinoa.
3. Put the rinsed quinoa into a saucepan and add cold water, using the 1:2 quinoa to water ratio.
4. Cover the saucepan with a lid and bring the content to a boil. After the first boil, turn the heat to medium low and simmer for another 15 minutes.
5. The quinoa is cooked once the grain becomes transparent and soft all over.
If the quinoa is ready and you still have water in the bottom of the pan, simply use the mesh sieve to rinse the excess water. Use a fork to fluff it up and let it cool off to use for whatever you need it for.
Here are my recipes for red quinoa salad and rice paper quinoa wraps.
How many times do you eat quinoa? What’s your favorite quinoa dish? Share your thoughts and comments below.