How to Prepare Quinoa
Quinoa is here to stay. The nutritious litte seed tastes great and is fast and easy to prepare.
It tastes somewhere between rice and lentils with a nutty flavor. And it is a very good, healthy replacement for rice, pasta, couscous or potatoes. Our search for alternative grains have started and we are no longer content with the “old” grains.
I cook quinoa all the time. Every time I serve it my four year old says “I like this rice”. I think it’s cute and I love the fact that all my kids eat quinoa. And honestly it’s so much tastier than rice so who wouldn’t like it.
Not too bad for the cook either since it only takes about 10 minutes to prepare it. Since I always try to use healthy food I have a serious issue with rice. 40 minutes to prepare rice! Sorry that does not fit into my daily cooking schedule. 10 minutes for quinoa is more my style.
Quinoa is very nutritious and a good source of:
- vitamin B
- vitamin C
- vitamin E
- calcium (contains more than milk)
Quinoa is gluten-free and has a low Glycemic Index (GI) which makes it prefect for anyone with diabetes or anyone who would like to lose weight.
Since quinoa contains all essential amino acids it is a complete protein. But it is still much easier to digest than proteins from meat and dairy.
Here is How To Prepare Quinoa:
To bring out the great nutty flavor prepare it like this.
- Most quinoa needs to be rinsed before you boil it.
- Boil the quinoa according to instruction on the package. Usually you need 2 cups of water for 1 cup of quinoa . Boil until the water has been absorbed (10-15 min).
- Alternative to bring out the nutty flavor: Take the boiled quinoa and saute it gently with sliced garlic in wok or frying pan.
Other spices that work really great with quinoa are cumin and coriander and fresh herbs.
Quinoa is prefect to add to soups, stews and chili.
When you make a quinoa salad cook the quinoa according to step 1 and 2 above. Let is cool. Then add your favorite salad ingredients. Truffle oil and basil makes your quinoa salad absolutely fabolus.
Or why no start you day with hot quinoa cereal.
Ingredients (serves 4)
2 cups water
1 cup quinoa
1/5 cup raisins
1/5 cup dried apricots
2 teaspoons of chopped almonds
Bring the water to boil. Add quinoa and boil at low temperature for 5 min.
Stri in the other ingredients and heat gently until all the water is gone.
Another way to get a really healthy breakfast is to drink a Loaded Quinoa Smoothie. The protein is prefect to kick start your metabolism in the morning. It is also a great drink before and after exercise.
The Incas worshiped quinoa and referred to is as “mother of all grains”. The seed is seen as one of the reasons that the Incas became so powerful. When the Spanish came they banned quinoa to weaken their opponent.
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