Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Quinoa

Quinoa is a healthy whole grain with all eight essential amino acids.


Basically cook quinoa just like rice: Rinse, add water, bring it to a boil, cover, and simmer until tender. The ratio of quinoa to water is 1 part quinoa to 1 1/2 parts water. After it boils it will take about 20 minutes until it is fully cooked. Add more water if you like a softer quinoa.
Add your favorite seasonings, vegetables, etc. to add flavor if desired, although it is good plain. Serve warm or cold. 


Mediterranean Quinoa
with tomatoes, olives, and onions

Quinoa comes in three common varieties:
White (or golden), black, and red.
The black and red cook up more al dente while the white can be just a bit mushy at times.

To save money, mix the more
expensive black or red quinoa with the less expensive white.
Quinoa can be cooked in a steamer in an uncovered hotel pan.

Black quinoa salad with cranberries, apricots, roasted pumpkin seeds, fresh mint, and an orange juice and lime dressing.
quinoa tabbouleh salad
(made with leeks)

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