Thursday, February 07, 2013

Great Grains

Hello again and happy Thursday. It has been a bit difficult to post this week without my Hubbie here because I have no one to take pictures of my outfits and no one to cook for really but myself, so I apologize. Today I have decided to share with you a cooking basic of a grain I love, quinoa. Quinoa is a grain-like crop popular for its high protein, fiber, and other great essential minerals. Lately, I have been cooking it a bunch in substitute of rice or pasta, and today I am going to share with you a foolproof way of cooking flavorful quinoa that you can eat as is or use for your favorite recipe. This is two large or four small servings, so you may want to adjust the recipe accordingly. Enjoy!

Perfect Quinoa


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken or veggie broth
  • 1 dash of salt


Quinoa has a bitter layer on its outside that you want to remove before cooking. Measure it out and place it in the pot you will boil it in. fill it with water until quinoa is covered and mix around with your hands for a few minutes. Then strain the quinoa and rinse a bit more. Put the wet quinoa back into the pot and add the broth and salt. Cook over high heat until it comes to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat to medium low and cover the pot. Cook for around fifteen minutes covered, checking occasionally to stir and make sure water is dissolved. Once all water is dissolved, fluff with a fork and serve or continue on with the other recipe steps.  The broth will give it nice flavor so it is not so plain, but if you want to add a little something I enjoy adding soy sauce or pasta sauce. Eat and enjoy!



  1. Is the consistency like pasta? or rice?

    1. Katrina, its closest to couscous if you have ever had that, but it is similar to rice but has a bit of a bite to it because its a seed.

  2. this is really helpful! I have only made it once or twice, but didn't think to use chicken broth...maybe my husband would actually like it then :)

    1. haha I sure hope so Rachel. My Hubbie is not in love with the texture of it, but if it has enough flavor he will eat it. Check out my newest recipe, its a fried rice but I have made it with quinoa before and the Hubs loved it!