Here’s a wonderful recipe from Anything Vegan, using quinoa. This recipe was featured in Anything Vegan/Whole Foods Market Tyson’s June Vegan cooking club: Veganism 101: My Plant Based Plate.
1. Measure and rinse quinoa. One cup of dried quinoa yields about 3 cups cooked. Measure desired amount, rinse with cool water, and drain. This step helps to get rid of quinoa’s natural coating, called saponin, which can a slight bitter taste. Some recommend soaking the quinoa but, this is optional.
2. Place quinoa in a small saucepan with liquid. Use water or vegetable broth. The ratio of liquid to quinoa is, 2:1 ratio – 2 cups liquid to 1 cup quinoa. Remember like rice, quinoa swells once cooked.
3. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer over low heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. You should see tiny spirals (the germ) separating from and curling around the quinoa seeds (see image at right). At this point your quinoa should be soft, like cooked rice. If not add more liquid and reduce heat.
4. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve. Some people like to add olive oil, butter, salt, or pepper. Cooked quinoa can also be used as the basis for pilafs, salads, breakfast porridges, and more. I love to add olive oil to my quinoa once it’s done! Taste great!
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