How To Cook Quinoa ♥ For Meal Prep
Oh friends, we are so going back to meal prep basics here, just some quinoa, some salt, some water, one pot and one stove. Follow this simple technique – just rinse, simmer, rest and fluff – for full, light-textured
quinoa every time. Quinoa = A Year-Round Kitchen Staple. Great for Meal Prep. Low Fat. Weight Watchers Friendly & Freestyle Friendly, quinoa is one of Weight Watchers "free" foods. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Naturally Gluten Free.
I remember searching high and low for quinoa for the first time twelve years ago – my cousin Lynda had sent the recipe for Acorn Squash with Quinoa & Cherries. I'd heard of quinoa but it was a new-ish thing then and none of the big grocery stores carried it. I finally found a dusty container in what we then called a "natural" food store. (Hmm, have natural food stores gone by the wayside? Who's been in one lately?)
Back then I even mispronounced quinoa "KWIN-oh-ah" or "kwin-OH-ah" instead of the real pronunciation "KEEN-wah". Ha! We do get smarter as we get older, yes?!
I'm definitely smarter about cooking quinoa today. Back then, I cooked quinoa only when it was destined for a particular recipe. Now I cook mostly quinoa to have on hand as a staple, like bread, milk and eggs, like onions, carrots and celery, like ketchup, mustard and hot sauce. Then what? What happens to cooked quinoa the staple?
A plant-based addition to salad suppers, mostly leafy greens and vegetables, a little fruit, a little cheese, usually topped with some variation of the "house ranch" aka Buttermilk Garlic Salad Dressing
Added plant-based bulk and texture for tacos
Added plant-based bulk and texture for oatmeal, either sprinkled on top with fried eggs or turned into our everyday oatmeal, Almost-Chewy Creamy Oatmeal
Added fiber and texture for Our Daily Bread: My Easy Everyday Bread Recipe
One protein component in breakfast protein skillets – recipe coming soon!
IS QUINOA REALLY HIGH IN PROTEIN? I almost wince when people blithely toss off the idea that quinoa is high in protein. Does 4 grams in a half-cup serving add up to high protein in your book? It doesn't in mine, I look for at least 10 grams before I call something "high protein". Don't get me wrong: I love quinoa, as I say, it's a staple here, just not for protein.
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