Cooking with quinoa

  • Substitute quinoa for rice in any casserole, salad, soup or side with hot food. It cooks the same way as rice (1 part quinoa, 2 parts water or other liquid).
  • It can be cooked al dente or to a softer consistency (using more liquid and cooking longer).
  • It makes a great hot breakfast cereal when cooked with apple juice or brown rice milk.  Quinoa is a complete protein grain that boosts the lean protein content of any meal and offers an alternative to white rice especially. 
  • Quinoa can be served with chopped raw vegetables and a vinegrette as a salad or in soup, curry, tabouleh (instead of couscous). It is also a great substitute grain for anyone trying to avoid wheat in mediterranean and middle eastern cooking.
  • If you're interested in adding more raw food to your diet, organic, non-irradiated quinoa can also be sprouted for use on sandwiches, in a salad or just as a snack.

The Internet is a great resource for quinoa recipes. Simply enter the words "quinoa recipes" or just "quinoa" to find great web sites.Quinoa is more expensive to buy in small quantities. If you like it, buy in bulk (1.5 kg or more), and  the price drops substantially. Remember that even though the quantity per dollar spent is less, the protein content and food value is higher, grain for grain than white rice.

Quinoa can be found in grocery stores in small quantities, often in the health food section. In Halifax, The Grainery Co-op sells it on Agricola St and at the Seaport Market. You can find it in the major grocery stores and at Costco, too. Local health food stores and the Bulk Barn also carry quinoa in bulk. Quinoa is a great addition to any meal, it cooks quickly and tastes great.

For more information on quinoa visit www.quinoa-recipes.com or do an online search for quinoa.