Simple, Easy, and Delicious Quinoa You'll Actually Love!
Quinoa That Actually Tastes Great!
Quinoa is a seed native to South America, and it's incredibly good for you. The problem is most of the time it's prepared so that it's dry and tasteless. That's too bad, because when cooked correctly, it's delicious, nutty and satisfying.
Quinoa comes in a range of colors, although the most common (and least expensive) version is just plain beige or light brown. The key to making it taste good is to make sure to season the quinoa well BEFORE you cook it—this allows seasoning to enter the individual grains, and making it taste good from the inside out.
Water is the most common liquid in which to cook quinoa, and I use it all the time. You get great results, with a nutty, neutral background, similar to brown rice. But you can use all kinds of liquids, including beef broth or stock, chicken broth or stock, or even vegetable broth. All of these bring their own flavors to the dish, and the results are terrific, depending on how you want to serve it. You can even throw in a dash of wine or good vinegar (I love champagne vinegar) to give the quinoa a hint of acid which is really gorgeous.
The most important ingredient is salt however. I use kosher salt for it's bright, clean flavor. If you don't season from the beginning however, the quinoa will be bland regardless of what else you might do for it. With kosher salt, the measurement for four finished cups of quinoa is a tablespoon, or 1 tablespoon of kosher salt for 2 cups of uncooked quinoa. So be sure to season generously at the beginning, and you'll love the results.
Quinoa can be served on it's own as a great side dish. But you can also add it to any number of other dishes. I like adding it to salads or soups for a protein and nutrition boost, or using it as the base for amazing chopped salads on their own.
- 2 cups uncooked quinoa
- 4 cups liquid - water, chicken broth, beef broth or vegetable stock
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- Measure liquid, quinoa and salt into the basin of a rice cooker, or into a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- With a rice cooker, just hit cook - seriously. That's all there is to it.
- For the stove top, bring the quinoa to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes. The liquid will be fully absorbed. Don't lift the lid while the quinoa cooks.
- Pull the quinoa off the heat and fluff it gently with a fork. It's ready to go! Enjoy!
Dried Quinoa Ready to Cook
Simplest Method? Rice Cooker!
Quinoa on the Stovetop
Quinoa is almost as easy to cook on the stovetop as it is with a rice cooker. Simply bring the liquid and quinoa to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and let it simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the water is fully absorbed. Don't lift the lid while it cooks. Then just fluff with a fork and serve!
Add Liquid - Your Choice!
Leave the Lid On!
Fluff Gently With a Fork
All Done and Ready to Go!
Need More Help? Here's a Tutorial!
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