If you are trying to follow a healthy diet, you may want to consider adding quinoa to your meal plans. Quinoa is not only one of the most nutrient dense foods around, it is also highly nutritious. Here is a little more about cooking quinoa, and some great serving ideas.
Basic Quinoa Recipe
If you can cook pasta, you can cook quinoa without any trouble. Unlike rice, you don’t have to worry about it sticking to the bottom of your pan. One thing you do need to know is that you need to rise quinoa before you cook it. This removes the saponin from the exterior and prevents your quinoa from having a bitter taste.
After rinsing, you will want to add one part quinoa to 1 1/4 parts liquid to your pot. Bring this to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook covered for between 20 and 25 minutes.
Most recipes suggest a one to two ratio and beginning with a boil, but I have found that the quinoa is much fluffier if I use less liquid and start with a simmer. If you want to try the one to two method, you will reduce heat after the boil and cook for around 15 minutes. This is a great method if you are short on time or have grumpy kids that need to be fed quickly!
The above instructions are a good starting point, but the results will be about as appealing as plain rice or pasta. You will want to add some zing to your quinoa recipe!
Here are some things I like to add for lunch and dinner quinoa recipes:
Meats: Turkey sausage and chicken
Spices: cumin, cilantro, parsley, chives, cayenne, dried chipotle pepper, pepper, salt
Vegetables: red peppers (roasted!), garlic (minced or roasted), red onion, shallots, carrots, black beans, tomatoes, corn