I always see quinoa in my vegeratian cookbooks but today was the first time I cooked it AND the first time I've eatten it! I tried this recipe found on the Savvy Vegetarian website:
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1/2 cup sliced blanched almonds
- 1 veggie cube
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Soak the quinoa 1/2 - 1 hour in cold water
- Rinse very thoroughly in water several times. For each rinse, pour off most of the water and finish draining through a large fine mesh strainer
- Shake dry in the strainer
- On medium heat, stir and toast the sliced almonds until golden
- Remove from pan
- Stir and toast the quinoa until dry and turning color
- Transfer toasted quinoa, toasted almonds, and cranberries to 2 qt saucepan
- Add boiling water, veggie cube, salt, bay leaf and cinnamon stick
- Bring back to boil
- Cover, turn the heat to simmer, cook for 20 minutes
- Remove from heat and allow to sit five minutes with lid on
- Fluff gently with a fork and serve.
Everything I read stresses the importance of rinsing it really well. The saponins that it's soaked in is really bitter and not a good thing to eat. One person said they use the water they soak the quinoa in as a spray to prevent bugs from wrecking flowers. Not something you want in your belly.
MY REVIEW: This was really really good. It was nutty and crunchy.. I'd say I like it more than cous cous for that reason. It didn't get mushy at all. It looks to be very versatile so I look forward to trying some other methods of preparing it.
JASON'S REVIEW: It was very good and filling and had great flavor.