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Quinoa

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups cold water
1/4 tsp salt (optional)

To Soak or Not to Soak:
Most quinoa that you buy in stores has been pre-rinsed and dried. You can soak it for 5 minutes just in case, to loosen up any residue of saponin, or dust or chaff that remains. Most quinoa sold in the US these days has been cleaned, and steamed to remove the saponin.

You’ll need a 2 quart pot with a tight fitting lid, and a fine mesh strainer

Rinse and stir the quinoa with your hand, and carefully pour off the rinsing water, using a fine mesh strainer at the last. Drain quinoa well in the strainer, transfer to the cooking pot, add 1 1/2 cups water & 1/2 tsp salt if desired.

Bring to a boil, cover with a tight fitting lid, and turn the heat down to simmer. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove quinoa from heat and allow to sit five minutes with the lid on. Fluff quinoa gently with a fork and serve.

*I’m so happy that we started eating quinoa because we all end up loving it even my 3 1/2 year old son and my 19 months old baby loves it. The first bag we bought was a bit pricey  for 1lb. was about $8-10 US. We bought the second bag in BJ’s for  2lbs. was only $4.99 US, it’s a super savings in my pocket.  We use quinoa to replace rice, add in salads, sushi and side dish. I sometimes substitute the water with chicken broth, just to give it a taste. There are also a lot of websites  for quinoa recipes.  Here are some websites I go to Savvy Vegetarian and Cooking Quinoa. enJOY!

Source: Savvy Vegetarian

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