There are certain foods I try to prep ahead of time and keep in our fridge for those busy weekday nights when I don’t have a lot of time to make dinner. One of the most important ones for me is quinoa. But what is quinoa, how do you make it and, most importantly, how do you say it?!
Quinoa (pronounced keen-waa) is a high protein ancient grain that mixes well with all kinds of foods in both hot and cold dishes. I’ve been making Banana Quinoa Rice Pudding and Lemony Quinoa Salad for years, and my husband virtually lived off of steamed quinoa with shrimp, cherry tomatoes, olive oil, basil and lemon as a dinner staple long before we had kids. A container of cooked quinoa stays fresh for up to 5 or 6 days in the refrigerator and makes a perfect base for tons of dishes.
Unlike rice which can take over 45 minutes to cook, a big pot of quinoa takes 15 minutes or less, making it the perfect inexpensive, easy side dish — mixed with milk, honey, cinnamon and maybe some fresh berries, nuts or raisins, it’s also an amazing breakfast cereal. This quick video will show you exactly how to cook quinoa so it’s light and fluffy with a slightly nutty taste.
How to Cook Perfect Quinoa Video
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups chicken stock or water
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients.
- Bring to a boil, cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 10-15 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed.
- Fluff with a fork and serve.
- Note: You can tell quinoa is finished cooking when it’s little “tail” looks like it is peeling away from the quinoa.