Quinoa is simple to prepare. Think of it like rice. Make more than you need for one meal because it holds well in your refrigerator to warm up and eat in a variety of ways during the week. This saves you time and provides a healthy side dish option. Read the package to determine if quinoa is pre-washed or not. Most I have seen are not. Quinoa must be rinsed to wash away a bitter outer coating called saponin.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine South American
Keyword Gluten-free, quinoa
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
1cupquinoared, black, white or tri-color blend
2cupswateror broth, vegetable or chicken
Place quinoa in a fine sieve and run cold water through it for a few minutes to rinse well. If you have a spray attachment, use that.
Place quinoa in a 2 quart pan, add water and pinch of salt. Bring the pot to a boil. Place a tight fitting lid on the pan and turn heat down to very low. Allow quinoa to cook for 15-18 minutes, then remove from the heat to a cool burner and allow to sit for about 7-10 minutes, covered, to steam finish. Fluff with a fork and dress as desired to serve.
To cook quinoa ahead for future use, spread the cooked quinoa on a half sheet baking tray and cool, then package and freeze or refrigerate.