Quinoa is a gluten-free grain and very versatile, able to be used in salads, baking and stir-fry dishes. You should incorporate quinoa into your diet as it is a complex carb (just like brown rice) which is helpful to keep weight in check (versus eating simple carbs like white rice). Quinoa is just as simple and easy to make, with no need to use the stove! Here’s how to cook quinoa in the rice cooker.
- 2 cups water
- Coconut oil
- pinch of salt
INSTRUCTIONS – How To Cook Quinoa In The Rice Cooker
Rinse your quinoa in cold water and drain using a fine mesh strainer until the water is clear and not foamy. Do this for about 2 minutes. Drain and add to the Rice cooker. You can also buy pre-rinsed quinoa (check the package).
Using a paper towel, wipe coconut oil on the inside of the rice cooker dish, including the bottom and up the first half of the sides of the dish. This prevents sticking.
Add quinoa and broth to the rice cooker. The ratio is 1:1 Add seasonings if required.
Set the cooker to white rice setting and cook. It will be auto timed.
When the cooking cycle is complete, let it sit in the steam for 5-10 minutes.Use a fork to fluff the quinoa gently. It is now ready to be used in another recipe or put into lunch bowls made ahead. Enjoy!
Quinoa able to be used in a variety of dishes. Toss quinoa with cooked veggies for a stir-fry, or mix with raw vegetables and/or fruit for a quinoa salad. You can use it to make breakfast bars, muffins, cookies and cakes for a nutrition-packed treat. Whip up tabouleh, a Mediterranean side dish using quinoa as your base, or add it to chili as a protein-rich thickener. Quinoa even works as a stuffing for stuffed mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes.