What is Quinoa? …and how do I cook it?

Quinoa pronounced “kinwa” or “KEEN-wah” is a high protein, high fibre gluten free grain.  It can be used as a substitute for rice, cous cous or any other grain. I often have a lot of clients ask me what it is and more importantly how they can use it.

I personally use it as a grain substitute in my salads, you can also use it to make porridge or add it to baked goods like cakes, bread and biscuits.

How to cook it:

1. Rinse 1 cup of quinoa with cold water

2. Add quinoa to a medium sized saucepan

3. Add  2 cups of water or salt reduced stock to saucepan and bring to the boil

4. Turn to low heat and simmer for ~15 minutes with lid on

5. Take off heat and leave for 5 minutes with the lid still on

6. Fluff quinoa with a fork and eat!

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