Quinoa 101: because yours sucks
DOS: Cook it, don’t mush it.
Serving mushy quinoa is like slapping your Nonna in the face with starchy spaghetti– it doesn’t end well. If you want to avoid total embarrassment at your next dinner party, here is the best way to cook it in two, yes TWO easy steps.
- Combine 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water in a medium saucepan.
- Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.
TRES: Drain It
Quinoa tends to hold a lot of water. Make sure that you drain it properly after you have cooked it, or else your meal will resemble something along the lines of plate soup. This is bad… unless you were aiming for soup, in that case- yay! Just use that handy mesh strainer again… I told you it was a great investment.
Cuatr0: Power Nap
Dancing around in a pot is hard work. Your quinoa is tired and needs a break. After you have drained your seeds, return them to the pan and let them sit for 15 minutes, covered. This will ensure your quinoa does not dry out and become lumpy. Gross.
Cinco: Fluff me baby
Use the prongs of a fork to carefully separate the cooked quinoa. This will remove any lumps and separate the delicate seeds without crushing them, this will give them a light, fluffy texture. No Lumps, yo!