How to Cook Quinoa

Quinoa

Quinoa

Quinoa, pronounced as keen-wa, is one of the many superfoods out there. What I like about quinoa is that it is rich in nutrients such as protein (complete protein), iron, fiber, and magnesium. It is a great replacement for white rice and it is gluten-free.

Ingredients:

Ingredients

Ingredients

butter or olive oil
garlic (optional, depends if you like garlic)
onions
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
½ chicken cube
salt
pepper

Method:

Rinse quinoa under running water

Rinse quinoa under running water

1. Rinse quinoa under running water for 2-3 minutes to ensure that the quinoa won’t taste bitter once cooked.

2. Over medium heat, coat saucepan with butter or olive oil.

Sauteé garlic and onions in butter

Sautée garlic and onions in butter

3. Sautée onion and garlic (if using any.)

Add quinoa and toast for a minute

Add quinoa and toast for a minute

4. Add rinsed quinoa to the saucepan and toast quinoa.

Add liquid

Add liquid

5. Add 2 cups water* and ½ chicken cube.

6. Season with salt and pepper.

7. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, lower heat and cook for 15 minutes.

8. Turn off heat and let the quinoa sit for 5 minutes.

Fluff quinoa with a fork

Fluff quinoa with a fork

9. Fluff quinoa with a fork then serve.

*You could use chicken/vegetable stock in place of water and chicken cube.

Fluffy quinoa

Fluffy quinoa

Arrowhead Mills is the brand of quinoa that I use. I used to buy it at Healthy Options for PHP299 but when I saw it at a cheaper price (PHP269.50) at SM Mall of Asia Hypermarket, I started to buy my quinoa there.

I often get asked what quinoa tastes like. Quinoa itself has a nutty flavor but other underlying taste would depend on how you cook it. For example, if you used butter then it would have a buttery taste.

I use quinoa as a replacement for white rice so I eat it with any viand. Quinoa could also be used in soups, salads and even in porridge. Just Google “quinoa recipe” and you’ll find various recipes of quinoa.

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