How To Make Tasty Quinoa

Quinoa is used a lot in healthy recipes. When something healthy tastes good, it is easy to incorporate into your healthstyle. (Healthstyle is defined as the way you choose to take healthy action in your life. It is unique to you and is easily doable within the context of your daily lifestyle.) I always felt like quinoa was bland, but I learned how to make tasty quinoa that my whole family would love.

Adding broth when cooking your quinoa adds just the right flavor. Quinoa can be a good substitute for rice. Your taste buds will like the addition the broth brings to quinoa.

How is quinoa pronounced?

Have you seen the Quinoa progressive commercial where Dr. Rick’s (the life coach who helps individuals not become their parents) students struggle with pronouncing Quinoa? They try:

“Key - on - na”

“Cole- lee - no”

“Wah - keen” 🤣

It’s a frustrating word; many people struggle to pronounce it.

Want in on a secret?

Many nutrition and fitness coaches struggle saying it too.

We often have to pause and think about how to pronounce it before talking to people about it. It is not an easy word to roll off your tongue.

The correct pronunciation is “KEEN - wah.”

If you know a great way to help remind us how to say quinoa, SHARE - PLEASE, it may just be the lesson we all need to help us feel more confident saying quinoa out loud.

Why quinoa is good for you

What makes cooking with quinoa a healthy choice?

Quinoa is a great source of protein.

1 uncooked cup = 24 grams of protein
1 cup cooked = 8 grams of protein

In addition, quinoa is a rich source of B vitamins and essential minerals, including:

  • magnesium - vital for heart health and can improve sleep quality
  • manganese - important for bone health and a well functioning nervous system

Fiber in quinoa?

Yes, because quinoa is a whole grain, in 1 cup cooked, there are 5 grams of fiber. Adequate dietary fiber helps to control cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

In addition to the upgraded nutrition profile, quinoa is an excellent culinary substitute for rice in most recipes.

On its own quinoa has a mild nutty flavor, yet can be a bit bland. My favorite way to add flavor when cooking quinoa is to replace the water with broth. It makes quinoa go from ok in flavor to very, very tasty. Check out the recipe below. It is so simple and may make you a quinoa fan.

Mealtime conversation starters

Smiling broccoli icon used as a symbol for a funny conversation starter with a meal.

Food is an experience. It is more than the food made. Meals bring people together. As you sit down to enjoy your quinoa, bring this question to the table:

“What is the weirdest thing you have done as a guest in someone else’s home?”

You never know what you may learn. So smile and enjoy the conversation.

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How to Make Tasty Quinoa

How to cook tasty quinoa using broth in 4 easy steps adding just the right flavor to this great source for protein.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting time5 mins
Total Time23 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 162
Course: ingredient, Side Dish
Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups broth (any flavor)
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

  • Start by rinsing the quinoa. Pour the quinoa into a fine-meshed colander in your sink. Run cold water over the quinoa for 60 seconds. Drain well. (This removes any bitterness.)
  • Combine the rinsed quinoa and broth in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then decrease the heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
  • Cook until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water, about 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, cover, and let the quinoa sit for 5 minutes. This will help the quinoa become fluffy. Remove the lid and stir with a fork.
  • Season with salt, to taste.

Notes

Leftover quinoa keeps well, refrigerated, for 4- 5 days. 
Additional notes:
  • The basic formula is 1 part uncooked quinoa to 2 parts broth (any kind). Add salt to taste after cooking when you use broth, to avoid over-seasoning
  • Smaller batches (1-2 cups of uncooked quinoa) will be ready faster than larger.
  • Adding garlic to warm quinoa is fantastic.
  • Adding chopped fresh cilantro is a win every time.

Hand Size Portions

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Tasty Quinoa
Serving Size
 
0.75 cup
Amount per Serving
Calories
162
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
617
mg
27
%
Potassium
 
239
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
29
g
10
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
256
IU
5
%
Calcium
 
20
mg
2
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hand Portions

Some handy advice:  You can use your hands to practice calorie control without weighing and measuring.

Using hand position size is an alternative way to decide how much to eat visually. It gives you a way to quickly estimate what's on your plate, using protein, vegetables, carbohydrates, and fat. It's an alternative to counting macros which generally has you weighing and reading nutrition labels to count protein, carbohydrates, and fat.

To learn more, read How to Get Started with Hand Portion Sizes.

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