Quinoa continues to grow in popularity after coming on the scene a few years back. Packed with protein, iron, and fiber, quinoa it is not only healthy, but also has a great delicate nutty flavor that makes it a great substitute for rice, pasta, and other grains. Usually I like to make up a batch on the weekends that I can use for quick meals throughout the week.
How to Cook Quinoa
- Measure out your quinoa and liquid. You will want a ratio of 2:1, cooking liquid to quinoa. For example if you plan to cook 1 cup of quinoa, you will need 2 cups of water or broth. Each cup of dry quinoa leads to 3 cups of cooked quinoa.
- Rinse the quinoa under cool water for around 2 minutes.
- Heat about 1/2 tbsp. of olive oil per cup of quinoa in your pan. Add the rinsed quinoa and cook for 2-3 minutes until lightly toasted. Add the liquid (water or broth) and 1/4 tsp. salt for every cup of dry quinoa.
- Bring to a boil and then turn down to a very low simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let rest for 5 minutes. Fluff and serve.