Love quinoa but not sure how to make it at home? Then you need this easy tutorial on how to make perfect quinoa every single time!
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What is Quinoa?
Quinoa, pronounced KEEN-wah, is a flowering plant in the amaranth family. While it is often thought to be a grain, quinoa is actually a seed and not a grain.
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Quinoa is rich in protein, fiber, B vitamins, and nutrients. It is also vegetarian, vegan, and naturally gluten free. iIt has a soft and fluffy texture, that is similar to rice. Quinoa can come in several different varieties, including yellow, red, white, and black.
Quinoa has a nutty, mild flavor which makes it a great option for so many dishes. It cooks up similarly to rice and can be added to soups, stew, burrito bowls, salads, and more. It’s perfect on it’s own as a side dish as well!
The Ingredients You Need for Perfect Quinoa
Quinoa: be sure to rinse the quinoa under cold water until the water runs clear before you begin the process of cooking the quinoa.
Salt: I like to add one teaspoon of salt to the cooking water or broth but you could add more or less. You’ll also be able to season the quinoa after cooking so don’t feel like you have to go super heavy handed here.
Olive Oil: adds a bit of richness and flavor.
Water or Broth: you can use filtered water or, for more flavor, use chicken or vegetable broth.
Kitchen Tools You’ll Need
How to Make Quinoa
Step One: Add the quinoa, salt, olive oil, and water to a medium pot.
Step Two: Bring the quinoa to a boil, cover the pot with a lid, and reduce the heat to a simmer.
Step Three: Simmer the quinoa for 15 minutes and then remove from the heat.
Step Four: Let the quinoa sit, off the heat, for 10 minutes and then uncover.
Step Five: Fluff with a fork and serve.
How to Store
You can store your quinoa in an air-tight storage container in the fridge for up to one week.
Can You Freeze Quinoa?
Yes! Once the quinoa has cooled, transfer it to a freezer safe storage bag or container and freeze for up to six months.
A Few of My Favorite Quinoa Recipes
- Mediterranean Quinoa Salad – salty feta, crisp veggies, and the most delicious vinaigrette!
- Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad with Creamy Apple Cider Vinegar – this salad combines roasted butternut squash and crunch brussel sprouts with sweet apple.
- Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Spicy Lime Tahini – swap the brown rice for quinoa in this bowl for a delicious hearty lunch.
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How to Make Quinoa
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: Sides
- Method: stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 3/4 cup water or broth (chicken or veggie)
- Add the quinoa, salt, olive oil, and water to a medium pot.
- Bring the quinoa to a boil, cover the pot with a lid, and reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Simmer the quinoa for 15 minutes and then remove from the heat.
- Let the quinoa sit, off the heat, for 10 minutes and then uncover.
- Fluff with a fork and serve.
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Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: Eat Love Eat