How to Cook Fluffy , Tasty Quinoa
Happy National Quinoa Day!!
In honor of this holiday, I wanted to share with you some tips to cook fluffy quinoa. It took me a while to figure out how to cook the perfect quinoa. Sometimes it would be too mushy or sometimes it would be undercooked, I just couldn’t get it right. After many years I got it right and now Quinoa is a staple in my meal prep.
What is Quinoa?
Quinoa is considered one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Its high protein content, sweet and nutty flavor, and delicate texture have made quinoa a popular substitute for starchier pasta and rice . Quinoa is often labeled as a grain , but it's actually a seed — one that originated thousands of years ago in the Andes Mountains. Named "the gold of the Incas," it's treasured because of its nutritive value (more protein than any other grain or seed!). I love it for its versatility and nutty flavor.
Different types of Quinoa
There are a ton of varieties of quinoa but here are three main types found in markets in the U.S.: white, red, and black. White quinoa has the most neutral, flavor, I would start with this one if you have never tried quinoa before. Red and black quinoa both have their own distinct flavors and I find them to be a little bitter and earthy in flavor than white quinoa. They are delicious in salads or other dishes where their color really makes your dish come to life.
My favorite brand is Ancient Harvest their quinoa is Certified non-GMO, organic , Kosher and it can be found in many health food stores and regular grocery stores nationwide.
*The standard cooking method outlined below will work for any kind of quinoa you find.
Tips to cook Quinoa
It has taken me awhile to figure out how to cook the perfect quinoa, at first i used to follow the instructions on the back of the quinoa bag and it never came out good. Here are some of my tips to cook the perfect quinoa:
Rinse the Quinoa. Even when the package says pre-washed, I always rinse it. Quinoa has a natural coating, called saponin, that can make the cooked grain taste bitter or soapy. Luckily, it is easy to get rid of this coating by rinsing the quinoa just before cooking.
Add a little 1 tsp of olive oil . I find it, it makes a huge difference when I add the oil. It prevents it from getting too mushy.
1 cup quinoa to 1 3/4 cups water is the perfect ratio for perfectly fluffy quinoa. Most package suggest to do 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of water, when i do that it gets super mushy and gross.
Let it cook for 15 minutes and let it sit for another 5 minutes. If you are using the instant pod I like to pressure cook it for 2 mins and quick release for 5 minutes.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Don’t forget to follow me on instagram @livehealthywithlina I am always cooking, dancing and sharing my holistic lifestyle tips.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Ancient Harvest, I am part of their product club, but all opinions are my own! I only share companies who I truly believe in.