Quinoa Any Way You Like

Posted on March 18, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , |

Food - Quinoa

Quinoa is so much more fun than rice!  It cooks faster, it is more fun to chew because it has a tiny crunch to it, and a pretty good case can be made for it being healthier than rice too.  The name for it looks weird, also a plus in my book, it is pronounced, “Keen-wah.”  So how does it work?  Take a cup out of the bag, pour it into a fine mesh collander and rinse under running water for awhile.  This grain is naturally coated with the same stuff in soap and tastes just as bad if you don’t rinse that off.  Once it is gone you are good to go.  Dump it in a pot with 2 cups of water and boil for about 20 minutes.  That’s it!  Then you can do whatever you want with it.  Here I have thrown in leftover steamed beets and sweet potatoes, some chopped up sugar snap peas, a little olive oil and seasoned vinegar.  So any chopped up cooked or raw vegetables work well in addition to some kind of dressing.   These types of mixtures often taste good either hot or cold and make great leftovers or as a topping to a green salad.  You can even turn this into soup with the simple addition of some broth or stock.  I love quinoa!

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