Ok, now that I know what quinoa is, how the heck do I make it??

The most popular question I have received this week is what to do with quinoa. One thing to remember is that quinoa is similar to grains such as wheat, oats, and barley. (Although, quinoa is gluten free.) See my prior post for more information on quinoa. First, cooking quinoa is easy. You will need a 2 quart pot with a tight fitting lid, and a fine mesh strainer. A good idea is to double the recipe if you want to have leftover quinoa for another meal or two. Before starting, rinse the quinoa well. Stir the quinoa with your hand, and carefully pour off the rinsing water, using a fine mesh strainer. Drain quinoa well in the strainer. Next poor the quinoa in the pot, add 1 1/2 -2 cups water per cup quinoa. Bring to a boil, cover with a tight fitting lid, and turn the heat down to simmer. Cook for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove quinoa from the heat and allow to sit five minutes with the lid on. Fluff quinoa gently with a fork and serve. It is rather easy to prepare. For more flavor, you can boil in low sodium chicken or vegetable broth or stock instead of water. So what do you do now that you have prepared the quinoa? You can substitute quinoa for couscous or rice in almost any recipe/meal. This is an important point to remember. You can mix quinoa with herbs and chopped vegetables for a nice salad. Look for recipes to make soups, salads, sides & snacks. You can add chicken, shrimp, or tofu to make a meal. Quinoa burgers are tasty and easy to prepare. Be creative. Look for new recipes and explore. If you find great recipes and would like to share with others send me a copy (reply to this post) and I will post some of the best in a future article!

Author: drjeffgreenberg

Dr Greenberg is a clinical cardiologist who specializes in preventive cardiology, nutrition, exercise, and longevity. He favors using natural methods to improving one's health.

One thought on “Ok, now that I know what quinoa is, how the heck do I make it??”

  1. Dr Greenberg, if you have automatic rice cooker it works great. I rinse in a strainer under the faucet and then use one cup Quinoa to two cups of water. It comes out great. I add a couple of heaping tablespoons to my oatmeal and I also add it to my blender with fruit and make a smoothie. I honestly think I feel better since using Quinoa. Carolyn Clifford

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