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Cooking Quinoa (keen-wah)

3 servings

When we get bored with oatmeal, we find ourselves cooking quinoa for breakfast. Quinoa is an ancient seed/grain from South America. It comes in beige or red, and this quinoa recipe works for both colors. Buy red quinoa if you can find it. It contains more healthy phytonutrients than the beige.

cooked quinoa

16 oz filtered water
6 1/2 oz quinoa, rinsed

In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add rinsed quinoa. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes, until water is absorbed.

Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes.

cooked red quinoa

Comments: Quinoa naturally has a bitter coating. Many food companies rinse off the coating before selling the grain.

You can tell if you need to rinse your quinoa by tasting a few dry grains.

If they are bitter, put the quinoa in a bowl of water. Rub the grains between your fingers a bit, then carefully pour off the water. Repeat.

If you have a very fine mesh strainer, just put the quinoa in the strainer and run tap water over it. The grains are tiny, and they will fall through the holes in most strainers. However, you can rinse quinoa in a coffee filter or in a regular strainer lined with cheesecloth.  Once you know how to cook quinoa, you will find it is an excellent replacement for brown rice.

Yield = 21 oz    1 serving = 7 oz

Calories per serving: 226   Fat: 3.7 g (15%)   Protein: 8.7 g   CHO: 39.4 g

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