What is it?
Quinoa is a protein-packed seed that has been steadily gaining popularity in the health foods world. Naturally gluten-free, its versatility and rich, nutty flavor make it an excellent ingredient in entrees, salads, side dishes, and even breakfast.
How to cook quinoa
Quinoa is coated in a bitter chemical called saponin, so always rinse it thoroughly before preparing. Place quinoa in a strainer, run cold water over it until the entire soapy residue has been washed away. Rubbing the seeds while rinsing with water takes away even more bitterness.
The ratio is 1 cup of uncooked quinoa to 2 cups of liquid. Bring quinoa and liquid to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork.