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- In a fine mesh sieve, thoroughly rinse 1 cup of quinoa under cold water until the water runs clear.
- Place quinoa in a medium saucepan with 1 1/4 cup water or broth and bring to a fast simmer.
- Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Reduce heat to maintain a low simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat (keep covered) and steam for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.
Rice Cooker Instructions: To prepare in a rice cooker, use the same liquid to quinoa ratio.
*If the quinoa is too firm at the end of cooking, it may be necessary to add 1-2 Tbsp. liquid and cook longer.
Mix 1 cup of cooked quinoa with 1/4 cup of chopped almonds, 1/4 cup of dried cranberries, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. sesame oil, salt and pepper for a nutty quinoa salad.
For a fun appetizer, combine 1/2 cup of your favorite hummus with 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa. Spread mixture over long zucchini ribbons, top with chopped basil and thin slices of red bell pepper. Roll ribbons up and skewer with a toothpick.
Stir fry 2 cups cooked quinoa, 1/4 cup diced onions, 1 Tbsp. minced garlic, 2 Tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tsp. sesame oil and your favorite vegetables to make fried rice-style quinoa.