A Guide on How to Cook Quinoa, several delicious recipes and many tips for cooking perfect quinoa. It’s so easy to do, you’ll be done in 15 minutes!
Happy Saturday! If you keep up with my blog you know that I’m a quinoa fanatic. Ever since learning the best way to cook it I have made Mr. Jessiker Bakes and my family super fans of this magical seed too. I have however, received many questions from readers as to how to cook their quinoa properly and complaints that theirs were too dry, or too wet, bitter or undercooked.
I have put together this post as a more in-depth look on how you too can become a fan of quinoa and know how to cook quinoa. First, some basics on the questions I receive about quinoa.
IN short, Quinoa pronounced KEEN-wah is a seed that has been around for at least 5,000 years and originated from the Andean region of Ecuador, Bolivia, Columbia and Peru. I look to think of it like couscous in texture or even oats in the way it absorbs the liquid it is being cooked in.
Quinoa seeds are actually really really good for you. They contain essential amino acids like lysine and great amounts of calcium, iron and phosphorus. Quinoa is also high in protein AND is gluten free!
1 cup of uncooked dry quinoa seeds produces 3 cups of cooked, fluffy quinoa. I wouldn’t recommend doubling this, as I did once, because the quinoa got very soggy and took forever to cook. It’s best to do it in batches. 3 cups of cooked quinoa gets you a long way!
To cook quinoa, you want to add the dry quinoa seeds to a pot of water. Bring it to a boil, then to a simmer for about 15 minutes. The key is to set the pot cover to the side so that you allow liquid and steam to escape. When it’s finished, you want to fluff the quinoa with a fork, which gives it a great fluffy texture!
Quinoa is very versatile and can literally be used in every meal of the day; breakfast, lunch, dinner, in casseroles, in desserts, in salads…the possibilities are endless. I will be sharing a few quinoa recipes from my blog and around the web that are particularly great for quinoa. All other tips are in the recipe itself so that when you are cooking it you should save the recipe!
Buffalo Quinoa Chicken Bites with Homemade Healthy Blue Cheese Dressing by Jessica in the Kitchen
Eggplant Rollatini Quinoa Casserole by Cookie Monster Cooking
Tandoori Cauliflower with Indian-Spiced Quinoa by Oh My Veggies
Pineapple Cashew Quinoa ‘Fried Rice” by Blahnik Baker
Whole Food’s California Quinoa Salad by Damn Delicious
Cinnamon Apple Maple Quinoa by Jessica in the Kitchen
Quinoa-Chia Freezer Bars by The Colorful Kitchen
Pumpkin Quinoa Breakfast Cookies by Cooking Quinoa
Quinoa Protein Power Waffles by A Bakers Wife
Coconut Quinoa Granola Bars by My Sequined Life
Coconut Macaroon Waffle with Chocolate Coffee Syrup, For One by Veggie and The Beast
Chocolate Quinoa Cream Cake by A Bakers Wife
Quinoa Greek Yogurt Pancakes by Making Thyme For Health
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