I hope the rice in my pantry doesn’t know that I’m seeing someone else. I tried to be sneaky, but I think they have an idea – their neighbor, the quinoa container is empty and the rice cooker is suspiciously absent from the adjacent shelf. That’s right. I’m guilty. I put the quinoa in the rice cooker this morning. The encounter was short, steamy and in my humble opinion – a match made in heaven.
Here’s what I did. . .
1.) Rinse quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer. Some varieties you don’t have to rinse. But the way I figure – it can’t hurt to give the quinoa a nice bath before you eat it.
2.) Toss 1 cup quinoa into rice cooker (I have a basic Aroma rice cooker from Costco, see rice cookers on sale at Amazon)
3.) Pour 2 cups water into rice cooker
4.) Start rice cooker. I used the “white rice setting” and it appears to have worked!
5.) When rice cooker dings – you’re done!
Depending on your rice cooker – you might need more water. You can start with a 1:2 ratio. If it’s too dry – add 1/4 cup more water the next time. Troubleshoot by adding 1/4 cup at a time until you find the right setting for you. If you prefer you can substitute chicken broth (or vegetable broth) for the water to give the quinoa a richer flavor.
Where to buy quinoa
I recommend buying it in bulk at Winco or Costco (Sam’s club).
Here are a couple quinoa salad recipes:
- Quinoa salad with arugula, craisins, pistachios, balsamic vinegar
- Quinoa salad with black beans, corn, feta and lime dressing
(Thanks to Gluten FREE Goddess for helping me out!)
What other things, besides rice, do you put in your rice cooker? Don’t worry, I won’t tell the rice.