Quinoa – The Super Seed!

how to cook quinoa

Quinoa is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. If you know how to cook quinoa the right way your family will love it.

Often called “super grain”, quinoa is actually a seed that is closely related to beets, spinach and tumbleweeds. Well-known for its high nutritional value, quinoa can be bought easily at groceries year-round but before its fame they could only be found in health stores. Thanks to good cooks, they made this super grain available everywhere.

Quinoa Nutrition Facts

Among plant foods, quinoa is considered as the top source of all amino acids essential to our body growth, tissue repair and brain function, it thus make quinoa a complete protein food source.

Furthermore, this super grain size contains lots of minerals as well as vitamins and organic compounds necessary for our bodies to function correctly such as Carbohydrates, Starch, Dietary Fiber, Fat, Protein, Vitamins’ B1, B2, B6 and B9, Iron, Magnesium Phosphorus and Zinc.

Try to think about eating a quinoa-meal and getting all these minerals, you might even consider replacing your food supplement with this organic food. It’s also a good choice for diabetics and those preventing the disease. Quinoa offers a low glycemic substitute for their foods.

How to Cook Quinoa

Probably the easiest food to cook, cooking quinoa is just like that of rice. But unlike rice quinoa can be cooked for different recipes such as salad, soup, or a perfect mix with vegetables.

First, soak and rinse quinoa in an ample amount of water. Cleanse the seeds thoroughly by placing it in a colander. Rub the seeds together as if washing a cloth. It’s very important to rinse the quinoa otherwise it will make your dish unpalatable.

Once done, place the quinoa on a cooking pot. Add two parts of water meaning for every one cup of quinoa you’ll need two cups of water. The standard water to quinoa ratio is 2:1. Place it on the oven and bring to boil.  Allow it to simmer, with stove set in low-medium, until it absorbs all the liquid.

You can also try making roasted quinoa for your salad, yogurt or ice cream.  This takes only about five minutes to get cooked. Just roast the quinoa on a skillet until their crispy brown. It’ll yield a nutty taste perfect for yogurt.  It’ll surely entice your appetite, kids also love it.  Once you have added this fine food to your menu then maybe it is time for you to learn the secret to making great hummus.

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