Today I will be teaching you on how to prepare quinoa without having much difficulty. Also included are 2 awesome Quinoa recipes for you to enjoy.
Let’s get started!
How to Prepare Quinoa
Soak your quinoa in water for at least 15 minutes and then thoroughly rinse it in a strainer under some running water. Make sure the water is running and not just sitting there, that pretty much defeats the purpose of rinsing it. By doing this you remove the saponins, which gives it a very bitter and gross taste if not removed.
Now it’s time to cook the quinoa, use a ratio of somewhere between 1 – 1.75 quinoa to water in a pan of your choice on medium-high heat. Once the water is at a boil make sure you reduce the heat to low and cover and let simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
During this time you can read a chapter in a book you’ve been waiting to crack open!
Now the grain will become translucent and the white germ forms a visible spiral on the exterior of the quinoa grain. Once this happens remove it from the heat, and gently fluff it with a fork as you would rice. You don’t have to cook quinoa in all actuality, it can be soaked in water for several hours and rinsed and used as is. Its actually more nutritious NOT cooked rather than when it is.
Now on to those yummy recipes you all have been waiting for!
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Sprouted Quinoa and Avocado Salad
Take 2 organic avocados and cut them roughly into 1 inch cubes
1 cup soaked and sprouted quinoa (3-5 hours is sufficient for sprouting, longer won’t hurt)
1 medium tomato, cut roughly into 1 inch cubes
¼ cup diced red onion
2 fresh basil leaves, crushed
Dressing : 1/3 cup organic extra
¼ cayenne pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
Juice of 2 limes
Sea salt and pepper for taste
Mix dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Mix all other ingredients in large mixing bowl, toss with dressing, chill and serve.
2 T. Fresh parsley, finely chopped, set aside
2 T. butter or olive oil
1/3 cup onion, chopped small
1/3 cup carrot, chopped small
Sauté onion and carrots in butter or oil until softened a bit, toss with quinoa and parsley, serve warm or cold.
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