Have you heard about quinoa? Wondered what it is and how and why would you cook with it?
Well, quinoa is a grain that is high in protein and also gluten free. It has a mild taste with a rich texture which makes it the perfect grain to use in so many different kinds of dishes. So how about some recipe ideas for cooking quinoa? Here are five ways to prepare this versatile grain.
Five Ideas for Cooking Quinoa
1. Have it on a salad
When you toast quinoa it gives it a nutty taste, making it a great topping on any salad. Toasting quinoa is simple. Just put it in a dry frying pan over medium heat. Stir it frequently for about five minutes until it begins to crackle and gives off an aroma. Once done, rinse it thoroughly in a sieve.
2. Have it as a side dish
3. Fried quinoa
If you like fried rice, then you’ll really love this fried quinoa. Having quinoa instead of rice makes it a healthier dish. Start by toasting the quinoa. Then add the quinoa and some chicken broth to a pan and allow to simmer until the liquid is mostly gone. Take the quinoa out and spread on a baking sheet. Then sauté some garlic and ginger. Add some vegetables and cook until tender. Add some soy sauce, the quinoa, and pepper to the vegetables, stirring frequently until cooked through. Eat it alone or paired with eggs over easy.
4. Use quinoa instead of rice in stuffed peppers
5. Quinoa pilaf
Quinoa makes a great substitute for any rice dish. So the next time you reach for the rice, try quinoa instead. It’s a grain high in protein, making it a great super food that’s very versatile. How do you like your quinoa?
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