Plain Quinoa

"Have been asked a few times how to cook Quinoa. I strongly suggest it be toasted using Chef #10404 Recipe #16399 as it makes a world of difference in both taste and texture."
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  • Bring 2 cups water to a boil in 2 quart sauce pan.
  • Add 1 cup Toasted Quinoa and return to boil, cover and cook over medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes or until Quinoa has absorbed all the water.
  • Remove from heat and fluff, cover and let stand for 15 minutes.

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  1. Four things I have learned about cooking quinoa: always rinse it first (even if the package/box states it is pre-rinsed), toast the grain first, salt sufficiently, and use broth or stock. That's what I did. I toasted the quinoa in about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cooked 15 minutes then set aside for about 10 minutes. Perfect! Made for CQ 2014.
  2. Debbwl... I took your advice and made dibs Recipe #16399 and then followed your instructions exactly. I then used your recipe to make my Recipe #518104. It worked wonderfully. Great flavor and texture. Thank you for posting something so simple that I can't botch it up! Made for Culinary Quest 2014 / Suitcase Gourmets
  3. Great result - many thanks - love the toasted tip and also went with that !!
  4. I used white quinoa and added some chicken boullion to the water. I was making the quinoa for a different recipe and thought okay I need to make some as a side dish, it was great.
  5. This is the perfect quinoa recipe! The recipe to toast it, which I first tried some time ago at Deb's suggestion, was what got me to try this seed again - and now I'm totally hooked! Deb's recipe makes it come out perfect, and look, Mom, no watching, either! For this recipe, I used red, white, and black quinoa. How pretty! Thanks for a real winner! Made for PRMR Tag (sorry for being late with my review!)



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