Preparing Quinoa

Posted by on Nov 20, 2011 in grains | 0 comments

Quinoa is a wonderful gluten free grain.  Quinoa is a powerhouse of nutrients and energy, perfect to support my active lifestyle.  It is high in protein and packed with B vitamins, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, and Vitamin E.  It cooks fast, is an easily digestible grain, and of course is gluten free.

Quinoa has a bitter coating called saponin which needs to be removed through rinsing before it is cooked.  I also like to soak all my grains in order to make them as easy to digest as possible.

I make a large batch at the beginning of the week to have on hand for breakfast porridges, salads, and main dishes.  These are the simple steps I take to prepare my quinoa.

  • Measure 2 cups quinoa.
  • Rinse with filtered water.
  • Soak quinoa for 6-8 hours in a glass container with enough water to cover the grains.
  • Drain the quinoa and discard the soaking water.
  • Add the quinoa and 4 cups filtered water to a pot with a lid.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Simmer on low for 15 minutes until all the water is absorbed.
  • Fluff with a fork and serve or let cool and store in a glass container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Makes 6-8 servings.
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