Quinoa also contains many of our essential nutrients like our B vitamins, iron, zinc, magnesium, and manganese. This superfood seed also has a low glycemic load. Meaning that unlike refined carbohydrates and some other gluten free options, it will not spike your blood sugar. This is important for everyone (not just diabetics!) in regards to energy and overall health.
Here is your No Fail Quinoa recipe for fluffy delicious quinoa, everytime.
Step 1: Rinse 1 cup of quinoa in a mesh strainer (this prevents the quinoa from tasting bitter)
Step 2: Add rinsed quinoa and 2 cups of water to a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil
Step 3: Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 15 minutes
Step 4: Check out your quinoa! There should not be any liquid left in the bottom of the pot and the germ (tiny white spirals in the grain) should be visible.
Step 5: If all looks good, take off the heat and let stand, covered, for an additional 5 minutes.
Step 6: Fluff with a fork for light and delicious quinoa
1 cup of uncooked quinoa makes approximately 3 cups of cooked quinoa. You can make any sized portion you like, just keep the 2:1 water to quinoa ratio.
Some of my go-to ways to use quinoa are as an easy side dish, stuffing for peppers or mushrooms, under a stir-fry in place of rice, and in soups and stews. Have a favourite recipe using quinoa as it's star? I'd love to hear about it!
Dr. Katie Rothwell, ND