Quinoa has a delicate nutty flavor that blends well with other ingredients. It can be used alone or substituted for almost any grain in almost any recipe. Because quinoa is a complete protein with all the essential amino acids, it is not necessary to add meat to receive all the benefits of an animal protein. Try one of our recipes. Enjoy!
Basic Quinoa - Can be used as a pilaf with additions or as a substitute for rice, bulgur or couscous.
Heat 1 cup of water to boiling. Add 1/2 cup quinoa. Cook for about 15 to 20 minutes until all liquid is absorbed. Makes 2 servings.
For a nutty flavor, toast quinoa before adding to water. To toast: Place quinoa in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat with or without a small amount of oil. Stirring constantly, toast until golden brown in color (it will pop while it toasts). Then add to water and cook until all liquid is absorbed.
For added flavor, use chicken broth instead of water.
A delicious side dish can be created by adding any of the following to the cooked quinoa: sauteed onions, green peppers, mushrooms, toasted almonds, peanuts or other nuts, raisins or chopped dates, chopped parsley, cilantro or other herbs.
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