Pearl Quinoa

Nov 20, 2013 | All, Food | 7 Comments
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Okay guys today we are talking about quinoa. Looks weird, tastes delicious. I find that any other grain besides rice can sometimes seem overwhelming or a bit foreign. Quinoa really isn’t, you actually prepare it just as you would traditional rice. There is so much you can do with this “super grain”. It’s a great alternative to rice as it is jam packed with protein, and doesn’t seem to weigh you down when you eat it. It’s also gluten-free so its a great side dish alternative. It also contains all 8 essential amino acids!

There are several different kinds of quinoa that I will be featuring periodically. Today, we are just going to focus on pearl quinoa which is the most common and the one we are all most likely familiar with. It’s a beige tiny pearl like grain when uncooked and becomes fluffy, yellow and “tadpole” like when cooked (The little stringy fiber hangs off after it’s been cooked, also a great indicator of when it’s done!)

Cooking this quinoa is simple. Add a cup and a half of liquid for every cup of quinoa. Bring to a boil, reduce and then simmer for 15 mins. Super simple!

Of course I have a hard time doing anything as directed and like to jazz things up a bit…

Instead of water using a homemade or store-bought stock of your choice is a nice additive instead of water. It just beings a more full-bodied flavor to the quinoa. After my quinoa is done cooking I love to transfer it to a saute pan with garlic, olive oil and finely chopped onions. So yummy. I know some people despise raisins, but they just taste so delicious in sautéed quinoa, it’s not even funny.

You can also make this ahead of time and refrigerate it for the entire week! A great superfood for easy food prep.

I hope you guys enjoyed this little tie bit of information. Have you tried quinoa?  Feel free to leave your amazing recipes below!

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7 thoughts on “Pearl Quinoa

  1. I love quinoa-eat it all the time. I just copied a recipe for quinoa pilaf. Similar to what you do after it’s cooked, but with this you do it before. Saute the uncooked quinoa, garlic and onion in oil, then add the liquid. I’m going to try both ways. I’m still not able to see other comments. Hope youre getting my comments. Can you let me know?
    Hope Steph is doing OK.

  2. Quinoa porridge makes an awesome breakfast. Some coconut cream and almond milk mixed with cooked quinoa and sprinkled with pepitas, cinnamon, and drizzled with honey. It’s so good cold and really easy in the morning.

  3. I like to saute onion, garlic and add salt and pepper to taste. Quinoa is so easy to prepare and healthy. If rice is a must, I’ve tried doing half quinoa and half rice and it works out fine. Looks a little funny, but it’s like having a little bit of both.:)

    Another favorite dish of mine is to saute quinoa with onion, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, and add in a can of drained garbanzo beans at the end. I like to grill salmon after and place it on top of the quinoa. So delicious and healthy! It’s nice with a side of greens as well.

    Go Warriors!

  4. I love quinoa! One of my favorite ways to prepare it that is simple and quick is to just add green onion, cucumber, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and some olive oil and lemon.

  5. Can’t wait to try this, sounds perfect for my busy schedule. One of my favorite way to do quinoa is cold with olive oil, vinegar, a little bit of feta, basil, tomato, & lemon. It’s a perfect to go dish and everyone always loves it. Thank you for always posting great recipes! grace and peace, abagail

  6. This is so timely! My 21 month old daughter will not eat meat so I recently started giving her quinoa to give her some protein. I feel great knowing that she’s eating a super grain!

  7. Thanks Ayesha. True story – I knew about you before I knew your husband was a Warrior. LOL. Cooking is my thing. When are you coming back onto the Food Network. I love your show.

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