Though it is actually a seed, quinoa is typically considered to be a whole grain and can be cooked like rice. It contains protein which is a big part of its appeal. Use 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water or broth. Bring to a boil in a saucepan, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes (covered). Fluff with fork. I like to use 1/2 rice and 1/2 quinoa to cut the seedy texture. Add desired ingredients, seasonings, and dressing. Use your imagination to create delicious flavor combinations. In class we used red bell peppers, green onions, cucumber, cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, olive oil, garlic, cumin, and salt & pepper
Lemon basil quinoa is delicious also.
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