Thursday, November 09, 2006

A little Cooking 101

Okay, since I know that some of you need all the help you can get, and if I am going to get you to try new things, or "weird foods" as my dad likes to call them, I have to help you make them.


Pronounced "KEEN-wah" - is one of those wonderful super grains - with 5 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein per 1/2 cup - so awesome stuff for you "veggies" out there. Super easy to make, faster then brown rice, and cheap.
Follow a 1 to 2 ratio when cooking, so one cup grain to 2 cups liquid - water, chicken stock or whatever you want. Salt the liquid if you desire, especially if you are using water
RINSE, RINSE, RINSE the quinoa, you can do this while your liquid is coming to a boil, once it does, add the quinoa, cover, and reduce temperature to low and simmer for 15 minutes approx.

Cooking follows the same 1 to 2 ratio as above, you don't have to rinse it, but you should consider enhancing the flavor by using chicken/vegetable stock instead of water, and if you use water, adding a little salt and olive oil to the liquid.
I normally bring the liquid to a boil, add the couscous, but I normally just cover it and take it off the heat, leaving it until I'm ready for it. If you are doing a huge batch of the stuff, you may want to leave it on the element with the heat off for a little while to ensure it absorbs all the liquid.

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