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Learn to Cook, Learn to Save: Quinoa

By Value Guru, March 29, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Value Guru
Cooking quinoa is easier done than said! All it takes is fire and water and about 30 minutes with very little attention. And really, “KEEN-wah” is not any harder to say than it is to cook. Check it out. Why Should I? Quinoa is a complete protein containing all eight essential amino acids. It’s light and fluffy in texture but has that whole grain ability to fill people up—and if you’ve got company coming, this recipe easily doubles to serve eight people. What Do I Need?Learn to Cook Quinoa 1 cup 365 Everyday Value® Organic Quinoa 2 cups water ½ tsp salt Okay, Let’s Do This Thing Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve until water runs clear, drain and transfer to a medium pot. Add water and salt and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer until water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside off the heat for 5 minutes; uncover and fluff with a fork. Print, save or share the recipe. Tips and Tricks
  • For extra flavor, use vegetable, chicken or beef broth instead of water when cooking quinoa.
  • Toast quinoa (after rinsing) in a large skillet for 3 to 4 minutes before cooking to add more depth to its flavor.
  • Pour soymilk over hot cooked quinoa and top with nuts and dried fruit for a satisfying breakfast cereal.
  • Three-Bean Salad with QuinoaFor a healthier twist on pasta or potato salad, toss cooked quinoa with chopped vegetables, fresh herbs, vinegar and olive oil.
  • Add cooked quinoa to soups, stews and casseroles.
  • Store cooked and cooled quinoa in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Apply Your New Skills Quinoa Loaf with Mushrooms and PeasWelcome spring—or vegetarian guests—to your table with this delicious main-course recipe. At about 94¢ per serving Quinoa Loaf with Mushrooms and Peas is destined to become a favorite for family and feasts alike. For killer veggie “burgers,” serve any leftover slices on toasted whole wheat buns with lettuce and spicy mustard. Hungry for more? We’ve got loads more quinoa recipes for you to try and lots more quinoa cooking tips. As always, you can turn to The Whole Deal value guide for money-saving tips, affordable recipes, weekly menu ideas, Sure Deals and coupons. Have you tried quinoa yet? How do you serve it?




Fair Trade says ...
I love Quinoa, apart from one aspect of it... if you spill it (raw) on your kitchen floor it's like spilling lots of tiny ball bearings and takes for ever to tidy up!
03/29/2010 5:26:30 AM CDT
Joe @ Eden Kitchen says ...
I love quinoa, last week I made a black quinoa salad with fresh figs, grapes, goat cheese, toasted almonds and a balsamic reduction. It was sooooooo good!
03/29/2010 12:48:42 PM CDT
JD says ...
so... What IS QUINOA ? Seed/grain...help your customers KNOW more, then they will consider buying it. Aloha, JD
03/30/2010 6:31:02 PM CDT
Kristie Clark says ...
I love this stuff! I made it as directed and toasted some pine nuts and little spices.. YUMMIE
03/31/2010 8:09:19 AM CDT
vaughnm says ...
Quinoa is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. For more information, please visit this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa
03/31/2010 9:05:03 AM CDT
Denise says ...
Why do you need to rinse quinoa if it is organic?
03/31/2010 11:56:30 AM CDT
granuaile says ...
leftover quinoa: always always bake muffins or cake with it. the Veganomicon cookbook has a really good recipe: Almond Quinoa Muffins. I believe page 227.
03/31/2010 12:24:24 PM CDT
hsiaw says ...
Grains and beans can still pick up dirt and other debris as they are harvested and handled for packaging/shipping. Also, quinoa has a natural coating of a bitter substance called saponin and it's best to rinse that off before cooking up a pot for the family. :)
03/31/2010 3:05:25 PM CDT
lorraine parker says ...
Just a question..are Lentils a legume or a seed?
04/24/2010 2:33:56 PM CDT
Mary Lockwood says ...
I have seen a recipe for a hot breakfast using quinoa and coconut milk and now I cannot find it. Can you please help?
09/04/2013 5:15:51 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MARY - I searched through all of our online recipes involving quinoa or coconut milk and did not find anything similar to your description. Did you see this recipe on our website?
09/05/2013 2:43:02 PM CDT
I bought 365 Organic Quinoa last month and I just came back to whole sale Food Market to buy more, but didn't see it any more. Please order some more : 365 organic white Quinoa. Customer, LN
12/20/2013 11:19:10 AM CST
kate says ...
I am a convert to quinoa -absolutely love it - can i cook a batch and keep it in the fridge to use throughout the week - if so how long?
01/01/2014 5:46:34 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KATE - You can definitely make it in advance. I would typically suggest storing it in the fridge for 3-5 days.
01/01/2014 11:58:26 AM CST
lauren smith says ...
I am switching to quinoa as a protein source after watching "Vegucated" and deciding to pursue a plant based diet.
05/22/2014 4:12:19 AM CDT
Annie says ...
Hi, Quinoa is one of my favorite things to eat. It can be used with any veggie or chicken etc. I usually cook it with broth it is very simple to make, and you know when you have eaten it you have done something good for yourself. New recipes pleaSE. I AM ALSO A BIG FAN OF WHOLE FOODS!! Thanks Annie
03/09/2015 12:37:24 PM CDT
Marie says ...
How would I store quinoa that's been rinsed but not cooked?
04/21/2015 1:34:49 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MARIE - I would only rinse the amount of quinoa that you plan to cook. If it's rinsed and not dried fully, it could grow mold. If you have rinsed all of the quinoa, it would be best to store it in the fridge for a couple days until you plan to cook it to help prevent mold growth.
05/11/2015 1:47:33 PM CDT
Carol Pascoe says ...
must try
06/06/2015 10:51:42 AM CDT
Judy says ...
Another good use for your rice cooker if you have one.
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