Toasting quinoa before you cook it will draw out the natural, sweet nutty flavor of the grain.
Where you are in your whole food journey will determine your familiarity with this extremely versatile grain/seed. With all of its media attention these days, the chances are high you are familiar with this new Hollywood star of the superfood world. But if you’ve never met, please allow me to introduce you!
Today I’m not going to share any fancy recipes, just the basics. I spend a lot of time on the Internet and I’m always surprised by how many variations there seem to be on cooking quinoa. So, if you’re new to whole foods or just starting out on your journey, you may find yourself confused as to how to cook it.
The beauty of quinoa is that it takes no more time to cook than rice, is fairly neutral tasting, has a good texture and is enjoyed by most. Also, quinoa does not require any special preparation. If you have a spouse or family that is resisting whole food options, this is a great place to start.
The only thing is that some people detect a slight bitter flavor (it is very subtle) when they eat quinoa. The method I’ll demonstrate in the video takes no extra time, makes the quinoa taste nutty and masks any bitterness. If you’re just introducing quinoa to your family, I highly recommend this method. It cooks perfectly every time. Set the timer and walk away!
Black Bean, Quinoa & Broccoli Salad with Blackberry Serrano Sauce
1 cup quinoa
2 cups of water
6 tablespoons of butter
4-1/2 cups chopped broccoli crowns
1/2 an onion, chopped
1-1/2 cups black beans, cooked
salt & pepper
In a small pot, place 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes, or according to package instructions. Once cooked, mix 3 tablespoons butter in quinoa and add salt & pepper to flavor.