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Do you know about Quinoa?
Have you ever cooked with it, or even heard of it? The stuff is popping up all the place these days! I see it in my grocery store deli case made into a beautiful salads, I read about it online and MyHandsomeHusband keeps putting it in all kinds of things. 
Because the man can not live on Cinnamon Roll Cake alone.
And neither can his wife. 

Quinoa is pronounced “Keen-wah”. It is considered a whole grain but is actually a seed that grows in a plant similar to spinach. Not only is it packed with vitamins and nutrients, but also provides the full spectrum of nine essential amino acids making it a complete protein. It has a texture similar to brown rice, but is light and fluffy with a bit of a nutty flavor. You can cook Quinoa in about 10-15 minutes, which is much less than the time it takes to cook brown rice. It can be used in salads, to thicken soups, as a side dish or as a replacement for rice.

“Why would I make this instead of rice?” you are thinking. 
“Why is Jamie Cooks It Up using ingredients I’ve never heard of!?!?!?! My kids will never eat this. For. The. Love.”

Hang in there with me. I’ve got all kinds of family friendly food waiting in the wings here for you. And who knows, maybe your kiddos will like Quinoa. You never know. Stranger things have happened.

Quinoa can be purchased in most grocery stores, but is a little bit expensive. It’s most budget friendly if purchased at Costco. This 4 pound bag of Quinoa costs around $10.

I have a wonderful salad recipe using Quinoa that I plan to post tomorrow. But for today, let me show you just how easy this little protein packed grain can be to cook. 

Time: 10-15 minutes
Yield: about 3 cups


1 1/2 C  Quinoa
3 C water
1 chicken bullion cube (or 1 t bullion granules)

1. Pour 1 1/2 C quinoa into a medium sized sauce pan.

2. Add 3 C of water to the pan.

3. Toss in about a teaspoon of chicken bullion granules, or one bullion cube.

4. Get that pan on the stove and bring it to a boil over medium high heat.

5. Reduce the heat to low, making sure it’s still simmering. Cover the pan and let it cook for about 10-15 minutes…

or until the liquid is gone and the Quinoa seeds are translucent. 
6. Remove the pan from the heat, place the lid on and let it sit for 5 minutes. 

7. Fluff the Quinoa with a fork and you are ready to use it. 

Thanks so much for dropping by today. Look for a yummy salad recipe using Quinoa tomorrow. Have a great day, everyone!

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  1. I was just going to ask if it could be made In a rice cooker & Trenna answered my question. I bought some a few weeks ago since I've been hearing so much about it, so I'm excited for some fun new recipes!

  2. We recently tried Quinoa. It was an ingredient in new soup recipe we were trying. The soup was AWESOME! We thought we would tried Quinoa plain. Huge mistake. It was so horrible. SO in things I am sure it will be great…not so much on it's own. By the way, I love your recipes. We make em' regularly around here.

  3. One thing I haven't seen mentioned, but is on the package, is that you should rinse quinoa before cooking. It has a “protective coating” that leaves a bitter flavor. “The New American Heart Associaton Cookbook” has a wonderful Curried Quinoa, Cranberry, Almond Salad.

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