Quinoa is a simple food to cook and has a lot of different options for different recipes. The basic process for cooking quinoa is:
- Rinse the quinoa (thoroughly using a mesh strainer)
- Add 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of water and bring to a boil
- Lower the heat to the lowest setting and cook for for 15 minutes, with the lid on
- Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes
- Open the pot - the quinoa should be mostly transparent with a curl (the germ) around the outside. If water remains at the bottom, cook for an additional 5 minutes on the lowest setting to absorb the remaining water. Fluff and mix the quinoa.
You can also optionally toast the quinoa in a pan before before cooking it (but after rinsing) to give it a more toasted, nutty flavour. The quinoa will absorb most of the water, turning 1 cup of dried quinoa to about 3 cups of cooked quinoa, so be sure to use a large enough pot.
Adding vegetable or chicken broth with impart the respective flavours throughout the quinoa
Quinoa can also be made in a rice cooker using the above recipe (1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water, rinsed before cooking) and turns out great, with a lot less work. A standard rice cooker can be found at Canadian Tire, Walmart, Amazon, etc.
Quinoa keeps fairly well in an air-tight container in the fridge once cooked, and is easily combined with meats and vegetables to make easy meals. Since it will readily absorb the moisture of other items, we recommend storing it separately and only combining it the day it will be eaten.