Friday, March 16, 2012

Trying to figure out Quinoa

Quinoa is the new craze in the foodie world! It's highly nutritional and contains a ton of protein for a "grain-like" food. I thought it was a grain until I wikipedia serached it and found out it's chenopod(?) which makes it close to beets, spinach and tumbleweeds?!? (yumm tumbleweeds... :-/  )

But I figured we need to add it into our diet and try out some different recipes with it. We basically made it like rice, tossed some veggies in a few times, just experimented but every time we made it the kids would barely touch it.. MY kids, the ones who devour rice and enjoy couscous so much! Great.. of course it's because it's healthy isn't it?!?

Came across another RECIPE I wanted to try with it- what if I attempt to hide it in the food!! :-) So I re-googled "how to cook quinoa" and came across this website How to Cook Quinoa Perfectly Well if he claims this is the perfect way why not give it a try. Then I started reading the article and it's common to cook quinoa like rice (a 1 part rice to 2 parts liquid). Well he does 1 part quinoa to 1.25 part liquid! Maybe that's the key! So too scared to cut the liquid down that much I modified and it turned out PERFECTLY! Way better texture! You can go to the link above and read about quinoa and different ways to cook it or you can read below how I did it using less water than I was before.

Perfect Quinoa
1cup quinoa
1 1/2 cup water

If you got your quinoa from the bulk section (normally best price) make sure you rinse it in a mess colander before cooking. I didn't soak mine before hand- just a quick rinse with cold water.

Add rinsed quinoa and water to a pot. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and reduce to low simmer. Cook 30mintues.

Uncover and fluff with a fork and tada!

(I didn't measure the end product but from what I read online 1 cup dry makes 3 cups cooked. that seems about right for mine. I used 2cups in a recipe and have some leftover still.)



  1. Whoa, I'm going to try that! I have problems with over-cooking my quinoa because I'm trying to cook off all the water. It turns to mush. Still edible, but I knew I was definitely doing something wrong.

  2. If you cook in some veggie or chicken broth instead of water its very good too we really like it that way and then we add stuff to it too. We make a really good salad out of it too with black beans, red pepper, red onion, avacado and anything else you like to put in and then the dressing is just lime juice, olive oil, vinegar, and spices you like such as cumin, salt, pepper and whatever else you like. I think I got it off of the celiac disease website. Sooooo good.

    Love you guys and praying for you!!!

  3. sorry..this is Amy L.