Quinoa packs in a powerful amount of protein (14-18 percent) for a plant food and includes a balance of nine amino acids. It also provides a quality source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, magnesium and iron, as well as being very low in cholesterol and sodium. A cup of cooked quinoa has 220 calories, 8 grams of protein, 3.5 grams of fat, 39.5 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of fiber.
How to Prepare Quinoa
- How much cooked quinoa does 1 cup dry quinoa yield? 1 cup dry quinoa yields about 3 cups cooked quinoa.
- How much liquid do I need to cook quinoa? To cook 1 cup quinoa, you need about 2 cups liquid.
- How long does it take to cook quinoa? I cup quinoa will cook in about 20 minutes on the stove top. In a pressure cooker about 6 minutes.
- How do I make quinoa less bitter? Nearly, if not all, of the natural bitterness of quinoa's outer coating can be removed by a vigorous rinsing in a mesh strainer.
- How do I make better-tasting quinoa? Quinoa is really excellent when cooked in vegetable or chicken broth. Also, add about 1/4 teaspoon salt to each cup dried quinoa when cooking. Try adding other spices or aromatics during cooking: a clove of minced garlic, a sprig of fresh rosemary, and/or a dash of black pepper.
- How can I tell if quinoa is bad or spoiled? Since quinoa has a long shelf life if kept dry, it is hard to tell if it has gone bad. It generally does not become rancid or smell. Cooked quinoa that has gone bad will show a loss of texture as it hardens and then can grow mold.
- How can I store quinoa to extend its shelf life? The best way to store quinoa is in an airtight container in the pantry or another cook dark place with constant temperature. Do not allow cooked quinoa to sit out at room temperature for longer than 2 hours. For a long-term option, you can freeze your dry quinoa in an oxygen free freezer-safe container. Cooked quinoa also freezes well in an airtight freezer container.
Here are some tempting quinoa recipes from HealthyLivingMadeSimple.com: