Inside The Mind Of A Vegan Alchemist. Carnivore Approved.

Quinoa 101: because yours sucks


Most people have enough trouble pronouncing quinoa, let alone cooking it. So let’s break this seed down. Yes, thats right its a seed, NOT a grain. But it is the seed OF a grain, did I just blow your mind?  What is quinoa and why should every vegan be consuming this little guy? Well, this seed is a plant based source of complete protein. This means that it contains all 9 of the essential amino acids that are crucial to human function and health. <—– WIN
You have probably effed up your quinoa on more than one occasion. It’s ok, you’re human but lets correct that now to avoid any third date kitchen drama you may encounter…
UNO:Rinse your Quinoa!!!No lazy, you cannot skip this step. You must rinse your quinoa well to get rid of the bitter coating. Failing to do so will leave your quinoa tasting wrong and funky. We’re all down for a bit of funk, but let’s keep that separate from our quinoa. How do you rinse such a tiny seed? All you need is a fine mesh strainer available at most grocery store for like $3.

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!

2 responses

  1. My mind has officially been blown. I honestly had no idea that QUEEN-WAH (see what I did there? ha) was a seed of a grain. I feel educated now! Love this post.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    • Glad you enjoyed it!!!

      March 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s