Quin-o-what? If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’re probably already familiar with this tasty grain (actually truly a seed, but who’s counting?). But while it’s gaining popularity, it’s not so much of a household word quite yet…though hopefully someday it will be!
According to some, quinoa (KEEN-wah) is one of the world’s most perfect foods, due to its high nutritional content. Compared to other vegetables, it’s high in protein, calcium, Vitamin B, and iron. It’s also gluten-free. And — fun fact — apparently the Incas thought it was sacred, because eating it regularly appeared to provide a long, healthy life.
Whatever the case, it’s also a delicious way to get those nutrients your body needs. We love incorporating it in recipes (like salads), but it’s a great side dish option. It can be prepared in about 20 minutes and tastes wonderful with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.
Quinoa is very easy to prepare, but we’ve had some issues with it being too watery when cooked according to the package instructions. We did a little research and came up with a revised method that works every time! (At least, it hasn’t failed yet…) Give it a try for a quick, healthy side, or try quinoa in one of these recipes:
- 2 cups quinoa (white, red, or mixed)
- 4 cups water
- Kosher salt
- Rinse the 2 cups quinoa and drain completely. (This step is optional, since we’ve omitted it and still had good results).
- Place quinoa in a saucepan with 4 cups water and ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to very low. Cover the pot, and simmer where the water is just bubbling for about 15 to 17 minutes, until the water has been completely absorbed. (Check by pulling back the quinoa with a fork to see if water remains.)
- Turn of the heat and let sit covered to cool for about 5 minutes (make sure to leave the lid on the entire cooking and sitting time). After 5 minutes, fluff the quinoa with a fork, and add some salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve as a side with a bit of olive oil and some herbs or spices, or as part of another recipe.