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Servings: Makes about 5 cups Prep time: 15minutes
Often referred to as a grain, quinoa is actually a seed that, unlike most carbohydrates, can boast being a complete protein. Quinoa is a great replacement for white rice, and is so much better for you. If you need a carb to go along with a meal but don’t have time to wait for brown rice to cook, we recommend using quinoa instead of white rice.
1. In a fine sieve rinse the quinoa a few times. Drain well.
2. In a thick-bottomed pot, bring the washed quinoa and water to a boil with a pinch of salt. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes or until the spiral around the quinoa seed has come loose and the quinoa is tender but still chewy. If there is any remaining water, drain it off.
Ann’s Tips and Tricks
Though quinoa may be unfamiliar to you, don’t be afraid to make it. Once you see how easy it is to make, it will be a constant in your pantry. I’ve found that even if I overcook it, it’s delicious.