The first time I heard about quinoa was six years ago. I saw a recipe at a health fair that called for it. I was like, “What in the world is kin-o-a?” I actually just recently started pronouncing it correctly, keen-wa. I was intimidated by Quinoa for years, but in the last year I have started using it regularly in meals and recipes for my family. It is delicious and best of all, quinoa can easily be prepared in your rice cooker.
When I found out about quinoa all those years ago, I did a little research. I found out it is a grain, its high in fiber and also high in protein. I was super excited to try it. I couldn’t find quinoa in the stores near me, but when I went to visit my sister in New York State that summer, I found some in an Amish Market. I couldn’t wait to try it but the bag didn’t come with cooking instructions. Guess how long that quinoa stayed (unused) in my pantry. Three Years. Really! I was so intimidated by it that I didn’t even try it.
Don’t make the same mistake I did. Quinoa is delicous and versitle enough to be used in many different types of recipes. I have found the easiest way for me to prepare it is in my rice cooker. If you do not have a rice cooker. You can cook it on the stove top in the same manner you would if you were cooking rice. Most quinoa packages have cooking instructions on the back.
Quinoa is much tastier if you add flavor, during cooking. Adding salt or some type of broth or stock will make a big difference. One of my favorite recipes that calls for quinoa is Quinoa Chicken Fajita Casserole. Here is how I cook quinoa in my rice cooker.
Cooking Quinoa in Your Rice Cooker
1 part quinoa
2 parts water, stock or broth
(if using plain water add salt to your liking)
- Pour quinoa and liquid into rice cooker
- add salt if desired
- On my rice cooker I flip the switch to cook. If your rice cooker has different setting, just make sure you put it on the same setting you would use if you were cooking regular rice.
- Wait for quinoa to finish cooking and serve or use in recipe as desired.
Easy Peasy! I can’t believe I was so afraid of cooking quinoa for so many years. It is so easy! Don’t make the same mistake I did. Go get yourself some quinoa and cook it up today. You will be glad you did.
You got this!
*If you do not have a rice cooker and want to get one. I love mine. It is a Livart. We have had it for ten years. I Love it. Did I mention I love it. No, this is not a paid advertisement. I love it because it cooks the rice and quinoa perfectly and it is super easy to clean.