Basic Quinoa

Photo: Bowl of quinoa
Quinoa is a high-energy grain that, because it is easy to digest, is an ideal endurance and fitness food. It is drying and warming, strengthening to the kidneys, the heart, and the whole body. Quinoa is a complete protein and is high in lysine, an amino acid that is scarce in the vegetable kingdom. Quinoa is also a rich and balanced source of calcium, iron, phosphorous, and B and E vitamins. Because of its versatility, quinoa can be substituted freely for rice, millet, or couscous in any recipe.
4 servings
  • 1¾ cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quinoa
  1. Wash quinoa well in a fine strainer before cooking, to remove its bitter saponin coating.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil. Stir in the quinoa.
  3. Cover and reduce the heat to low, simmering until the water is absorbed, about 12 minutes.
  4. Fluff up before serving, and enjoy!