Quinoa, perfectly cooked

Makes 3 cups

Quinoa has a mild nutty flavour with a satisfying crunch!


Ingredients:
1 cup of Quinoa, rinsed
1¾ cups of water
Salt to taste


Method:
Place the quinoa, water and salt in a medium pot over a high heat.


Bring to the boil, then lower the temperature, cover the pot with a lid or plate and cook until all the liquid is absorbed (about 12-15 minutes).


Turn off the heat and place a paper towel between the pot and the lid. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes, then fluff up with a fork.


Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), is a gluten-free seed which is high in protein and fibre. It contains all 9 essential amino acids that make up our cells, tissues and muscles. There are 3 types available, red, white and black.


1 Cup of cooked quinoa contains protein, fibre, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, copper, iron, zinc, potassium, vitamins B1, 2,3, & 6, calcium, vitamin E and small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. It has high amounts of potent antioxidants quercetin and kaempferol. Quinoa has a low glycaemic index rating and therefore helps to control blood glucose levels.


No wonder it’s classed as a superfood!

You can add this to savoury dishes, experiment with adding herbs and spices, or why not try it in some sweet dishes like quinoa porridge?