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How to Cook Quinoa and 4 Simple Side Dishes

We love quinoa because:


1) It's so versatile,

2) It's packed with protein, and

3) You can make it in 15 minutes. FIFTEEN.


And our greatest discovery of late? Freezing quinoa. We just cooked a huge batch of quinoa, let it cool and filled a bunch of freezer-safe bags about 2 cups each.


How to Cook Quinoa

Serves: 4

Time: 15 minutes


Ingredients:

1 cup Quinoa (uncooked)

1.5 cups Water, Broth or Coconut Milk

Directions:

Cook your quinoa by combining quinoa and your choice of liquid in a sauce pan. Place over high heat and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cover. Let simmer for 12 to 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Remove lid, fluff with a fork and set aside.

Notes:

Storage - Refrigerate in an air-tight container up to 4 days or freeze up to 1 month.


Freezer Tips - Squeeze out all the air and flatten your freezer bag to reduce freezer burn and optimize storage space.


Less Bitter - Rinse your quinoa before cooking.


Seasoning - Add sea salt and black pepper to taste while your quinoa is cooking.


Here are four ways to put together a nutritious side dish in under 15 minutes!


Creamy Coconut and Lime Quinoa

Serves: 4

Time: 15 minutes


Ingredients:

1 cup Quinoa (uncooked)

2 cups Coconut Milk

1 Lime (juiced)

Directions:

Cook your quinoa by combining quinoa, coconut milk and lime juice in a sauce pan. Place over high heat and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cover. Let simmer for 12 to 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Remove lid, fluff with a fork and set aside. Mix in lime zest (optional).


Cheezy Broccoli Quinoa

Serves: 2

Time: 5 minutes


Ingredients:


1 cup Quinoa (cooked)

1 cup Broccoli (florets, coarsely chopped)

1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast

Sea Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)

Directions:


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve as a side.


Asian Corn and Green Onion Quinoa

Serves: 2

Time: 5 minutes


Ingredients:


1 cup Quinoa (cooked)

1/2 can Corn

3 Green Onion (chopped)

1 tbsp Tamari

Directions:


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve as a side.


Mushroom and Garlic Quinoa

Serves: 2

Time: 10 minutes


Ingredients:


1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 cups Mushroom (thinly sliced)

2 Garlic (cloves, minced)

1 cup Quinoa (cooked)

Sea Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)

Directions:


Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Saute sliced mushrooms until soft. Add garlic and stir for 1-2 more minutes.

In a bowl, combine mushrooms with quinoa and season with salt and pepper.



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