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Recipes Side Dish Basic Quinoa
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Written by Zen Baker   
Thursday, 07 February 2008 00:00

basic quinoa

Although technically not a grain (it is a seed), quinoa is used as a grain and is often referred to as a super-grain due to being remarkably high in protein. It is a complete protein that contains all of the essential amino acids, and is especially high in lysine. Quinoa is a source of calcium, iron, and vitamins E and B. It is also gluten free.

Most quinoa sold today comes pre-rinsed, but it is good practice to rinse it well to remove the saponin, a naturally occurring protective coating, which is said to make quinoa bitter unless rinsed.

The simple recipe below makes an excellent substitute for rice, and is a great accompaniment to stews, beans, or any saucy dish.

Basic Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
  • 2 cups water, or broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt (if using water)

Preparation:

  1. Boil the water, or broth. Add the quinoa. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
 

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