We just taught our Gluten Free 101 class last night in Lehi, Utah and I mentioned Quinoa a bit. (I add it to my Rice Milk to naturally fortify it.)
If there's one thing that you walk away from this post knowing, it's that you need to WASH and WASH and WASH this stuff! Quinoa naturally has a bitter acid coating and if you don't take time to rinse or soak it before cooking, you're left with a pretty undesirable taste!
Posted by jalene
- 1 cup organic quinoa
- 1 & 1/2 cups water
- Rinse the quinoa in a wire strainer for about 5-10 minutes. You can also soak it for 15 minutes but make sure you rinse the quinoa completely after soaking.
Don't have a Rice Cooker? You can prepare Quinoa on the STOVE TOP as well! Simply bring 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of rinsed Quinoa to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover, and simmer until the water has been asorbed. (About 15-20 minutes.)
Quinoa can be served in place of white rice or as a substitute for any recipe calling for "Couscous" (which is a wheat item you should stay away from).
Want to try some great recipes with Quinoa?
These contain cooked Quinoa:
These are served over cooked Quinoa:
These are made with Quinoa Flour: