Hookay so…. when it comes to quinoa, I had it all wrong! Someone once told me to cook it identically to rice and I have been happily doing so ever since. But then I did a little keen-wahhh related researched and realized there is most definitley a better way to cook up those little morsels of whole grain goodness! =)
1. Rinse quinoa, drain, and allow to dry before even attempting to cook the stuff. Moisture is the enemy here initially. You can get delish quinoa regardless but it will be even fluffier if you let it dry fully. Drying time will vary, I usually rinse, strain, and just walk away. After drying, the rest of the process will only take about 15 minutes max. So quick =) The rinsing is also essential here because quinoa has a slightly bitter coating on it. Rinsing removes this coating and you wind up with delicious results every time.
|a seive or mesh strainer makes rinsing a breeze!|
2. Toss the dry quinoa straight in the pot without water and allow to toast on medium heat for just a minute or so while you stir to prevent burning. You don’t quite want to brown it, but instead want to kick that liiiiittle extra moisture that the quinoa might be holding on to. Sometimes I skip this step but I try to lightly toast it if I have a spare minute or two.
3. Add your water. I try to use filtered b/c I’m a pansy and can taste the tap water here in NC in my cooking. I’ve read many a cookbook and website that all suggest to nix the rice 1:2 ratio and instead do a 1:1.5 ratio for quinoa. 1 cup of quinoa per 1.5 cups of water. Feel free to use veggie broth instead of water for added flavor! I skip the broth in the recipe below, but use it in many other recipes. Try it both ways and see what you think =)
4. Bring to a boil, reduce to low, cover and simmer for approx 12 minutes.
5. Remove lid, fluff with a fork, and dig straight in! If it’s still a little liquid-y let it simmer for another minute or so until it’s nice and fluffy.
Make extra so you can toss it in pasta dishes to bulk them up, in salads for extra protein and texture, and anything else you can think of!
|I could seriously live off this stuff!|