How to cook quinoa.

IMG_2107I am well aware that quinoa is a protein packed grain that is a staple ingredient for those wanting to stick to a healthy plant-based diet. The problem with quinoa however is that it is so tricky to cook. Leave it too long and it becomes a soggy, tasteless puree capable of putting off even the most hardcore green foodie. And as we all know, in order to stick to a healthy diet it has got to be both tasty and easy to prepare, otherwise you’ll be ordering take away curry before long. Therefore a top tip is to cook a batch at the beginning of the week and keep in an airtight container in the fridge, ready to add to any salad or main. Β You want to avoid cooking this grain from scratch on a daily basis as it is time consuming and can leave room for error. Here is how you make it.

Perfectly cooked quinoa (fromΒ It’s all good by Gwyneth Paltrow)

Makes 3 cups

1 cup quinoa

1 3/4 cup

Coarse sea salt

Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a fine meshed strainer. Place in a pot with a big pinch of sea salt and cover. Cook until all liquid has been absorbed which will take about 12 – 15 minutes. Place a paper towel between pot and lid and let it sit for at least 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. Voila!

A variation to this theme comes from the excellent green food blogger http://www.delisciouslyella.com who adds 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, a pinch of dried herbs to the water at the beginning of the cooking process and adds 2 tsp of tahini at the end, making it a creamier version which is really yummy with leafy green vegetables. Enjoy x

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