how to make quinoa in three easy steps

We love quinoa and make a big batch of it every week.  It’s so easy to make; even my husband knows how to make it.  We eat it in salads, alone, in stir-fry, or with sautéed veggies.  I can’t get enough of this whole grain!  It can be made using water or broth.  Both chicken and vegetable broth work well and just enhance the flavor.  My favorite way to eat quinoa is with a little bit of butter, Parmesan cheese, steamed broccoli, and toasted nuts.  I promise you, it’s SO good!

Broccoli and quinoa topped with butter, Parmesan cheese, and toasted almonds.

Broccoli and quinoa topped with butter, Parmesan cheese, and toasted almonds.

Making quinoa is very similar to making rice.  It takes just three easy steps:

  1. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer.
  2. Bring the liquid to a boil.
  3. Simmer the quinoa in the liquid and then remove from heat.

Here’s what you need to remember about proportions when cooking quinoa:

  1. Use double the amount of liquid as you do quinoa.
  2. Your yield will be about 3 times as much quinoa as you started with.

So if you use 1 cup quinoa you need to use 2 cups cooking liquid and your yield will be about 3 cups.  It’s as simple as that!

how to make quinoa

My Simple Method For Making Quinoa
Serves: about 3 cups
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups cooking liquid (water, chicken or vegetable broth)
  • salt, if desired
  1. Rinse the quinoa through a fine mesh strainer for a good minute or so.
  2. Pour the liquid into a pot and bring to a boil.
  3. Add in the quinoa and bring it back to a boil. Cover, turn to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Do not uncover. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 - 10 minutes.
  5. Fluff with a fork.

how to make quinoa!

sauteed veggies with quinoa

Quinoa added to sautéed veggies, edamame, and garbanzo beans.

How about you- how do you like to eat quinoa?

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