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2011/06/07>"What's for Dinner Honey?" How to Cook Quinoa


"What's for Dinner Honey?"

Redhead Betty is from the West, home of health food that sometimes tastes no better than a cardboard box.  So it was with more than a little trepidation that she sampled a half dozen recipes made with quinoa {pronounced keen-wah.  Turns out it's a delicious grain with superfood qualities, a complete protein source that's also high in iron, magnesium, and fiber.  Good and good for you.  Here's how to cook it:


One cup of dried quinoa yields about 3 cups cooked. Measure out quinoa, place it in a fine-mesh strainer, rinse thoroughly with cool water, and drain. Rinsing removes quinoa's natural saponin coating which can make it taste bitter or soapy.

Place quinoa in a small saucepan with liquid {water or stock, your choice} Use a 2:1 ratio – 2 cups liquid to 1 cup quinoa.

Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed.

Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.