Quinoa is one of my favorite grains (actually, it’s really a seed, but most people call it a grain). The reason is because it is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all the amino acids necessary for complete protein building blocks. A lot of vegans and vegetarians use this grain because it’s similar to getting in the same good protein that we would from animal products, except a lot cleaner, less fat and it’s more alkaline. It’s a complete meat replacer! It cooks up just like rice. 2 parts water to 1 part grain. It’s even easier than rice because once it comes to a boil it only takes 15 minutes to cook versus 20 minutes for white rice or 50 minutes for brown rice. The texture is smaller than rice, but it’s delicious. My best tip for cooking quinoa to reduce the bitter flavor that some people experience, is to rinse it, and then cook it in low sodium chicken broth or to add a tsp. or two of Orrington Farms Chicken Powder to each batch of 1 c. dry quinoa & 2 cups water. The reason I love the Orrington Farms powder is because it is made with sea salt and there is no MSG found in it. It has a great flavor too!
Use quinoa as a meat replacer or in place of any grain or rice in your recipes. I like putting it in soups, salads & as a side dish! As you will see, I have many recipes using quinoa on my website. Just search on the right corner of my website for quinoa and you’ll find some fun recipes! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I also like to cook it in larger batches and freeze it in 1 or 2 cup portions in my freezer so it’s ready to go with any meal. Enjoy!
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