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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Recipe! Basic Quinoa

Quinoa is one of those foods that's so delicious and so simple to make, it's hard to believe all of the benefits of eating it. Not only is it a gluten-free whole grain, but quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) actually contains all eight essential amino acids. It's filling and can be incorporated into lots of recipes, makes a great vegan dish but also goes well with meats of various sorts, and is generally versatile and useful.

Quinoa has been making a stir for the last year or so, becoming very popular among the vegan, health conscious, and gluten-free circles for all it's benefits. It's a great addition to your pantry and can be used in place of rice. Best of all, it's insanely simple to make!

Most basic recipes call for water, but I find it to be more flavorful to use vegetable broth. You can use either, but if you use water, make sure to add some salt!

Basic Quinoa

1 cup quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth (or water)

1. Rinse quinoa in a very fine strainer (some varieties come pre-rinsed, making this step unnecessary, though it's probably still a good idea). When water runs clear, transfer to a pot and add vegetable broth or water/salt.

2. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium-low and cover. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Set aside for 5-10 minutes, then fluff with a fork and serve!

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