Tag: Quinoa Recipes
Easy quinoa recipes! Quinoa is a complete source of protein, providing 8-9 grams of protein per cooked cup, making it an excellent source of protein for vegetarians and vegans, weight loss diets or anyone wanting to add more plant protein to their diet. Quinoa is also a good source of complex carbohydrates, fiber, iron, manganese and magnesium. It’s also rich with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are called flavonoids (quercetin and kaempfero).
What is Quinoa
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a gluten-free seed that’s high in plant protein and rich with all nine essential amino acids. Quinoa is also considered an “ancient grain”. Ancient grains tend to be more nutritious and provide more vitamins, minerals and fiber than the more common grains like corn, rice and wheat.
How to Cook Quinoa
Cooking quinoa is similar to cooking rice and you’ll use the same ratio of 1 cup uncooked quinoa to 2 cups water. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
- About 1 cup dry quinoa yields about 3 cups cooked quinoa.
- Rinsing quinoa will help remove the natural coating on quinoa called saponin which makes it taste bitter and can cause foam.
- Rinsing your quinoa will make for a milder tasting and softer textured cooked quinoa.
- Check the labeling on your packaged quinoa. Some packaged quinoa comes already pre-rinsed (such as Bob’s Red Mill).
Here you’ll find easy quinoa recipes for soup, salads, sides and more.