Week 09 Day 57: Active rest day and Quinoa Recipe

Simple quinoa for two.

Quick cookup to make yummy quinoa - a perfect side for any dish!

Quick cookup to make yummy quinoa – a perfect side for any dish!

Although it might be a little tricky to pronounce quinoa (keen-wah), it is far from tricky to cook it.

If you know how.

Today someone was telling me about a failed attempt at cooking quinoa, which ended with a tasteless mushy paste. Needless to say, this person was put off, despite the numerous health benefits quinoa has to offer.

I decided that I would do a post about the way I cook this simple dish.

All you need:

Easy ingredients

Easy ingredients

Quinoa (duh!) – The serving suggestion says 40g so I’m going to double up as I want to make extra.
Water – I usually use double the amount of quinoa that I use. For example: tonight I am using about a third of a cup of quinoa, so I’ll use 2/3rds a cup of water.
Butter.
Oil.
Any extras that you want. I’m cooking up some left beef casserole, then I’ll be adding some tomato, baby spinach, cottage cheese and snow peas.

First, give the quinoa a quick rinse under cold water then set it aside.

Getting prep

Getting prep

Put cooking pot on stove top and set it on a low/medium heat, and let the pot heat up for about 30 seconds. You don’t want it to be piping hot or you’ll burn everything!

Start off on a low heat

Start off on a medium/low heat

Here you are going to have to use your own judgement a little bit. I normally use about a teapoon of oil, if you think that’s too much though you can use a smaller drop. I’m using coconut oil here and most other oils work well, too.

Adding the quinoa to the pot

Adding the quinoa to the pot

After that, give it a stir for about a minute.

Before adding water, give it a stir until there's a light coating on most of the quinoa

Before adding water, give it a stir until there’s a light coating on most of the quinoa

Then, add the water to the pot.

Adding the water - approx. double the measure of the grain

Adding the water – approx. double the measure of the grain

Let the water heat up quite a lot so it bubbles a bit more vigorously than a simmer, then, turn it down to a low heat and let it sit for about 15 minutes, or once the water level drops below the line of grain.

After the water evaporates, top it up a little just to cover, then stir and let simmer once again

After the water evaporates, top it up a little just to cover, then stir and let simmer once again until the quinoa is fluffy

Keep stirring to a minimal. When the water level first drops, give it a stir, then top up the water level just enough to only cover the quinoa again. Watch it for another 5 minutes or until all the water has evaporated.

After that, feel free to chuck in some vegies, or just add whatever sounds good.

Adding whatever you want, then serve it up!

Adding whatever you want, then serve it up!

And there you have it! If you have any questions or suggestions please leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!

-AC.

 

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