Wednesday, March 6, 2013

How to: Cook Perfect Quinoa

Finding the perfect side dish for a great meal can be tricky. Whenever I'm not sure what I want to make to check the grain box for a meal I turn to quinoa. This ancient grain is a complete protein (contains all essential amino acids) is a great source of fiber, cooks quickly, and takes on so many flavors.

When cooking quinoa there is one ration to remember, 1 part grain: 1-1/2 parts liquid. That's the trick to perfect quinoa every time. I find that 1 cup of uncooked quinoa is typically enough for 4 side portions.

- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1-1/2 cups water

1.) Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan
2.) Once the water is boiling, add the quinoa, cover and reduce the heat to a simmer
3.) Allow to simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes
4.) Fluff with a fork and enjoy!

Quinoa can be flavored so many ways. I look towards the main dish to see what would be a good complement. Asian marinated meat? Add a couple of teaspoons of fresh ginger and soy sauce. Herb turkey burgers? Mix the same herbs into the quinoa when you go to fluff it. You can also change up the liquid. Any extra stock (chicken, beef, veggie) would work great. The options are endless!

I'm off to do a 3 mile run!

Happy Running!

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