Some weekends you just need to laze around. Perhaps catch up on your Netflix queue or spend a rainy Saturday re-reading your favorite Harry Potter book. On those days, the last thing you want to do is think about what to eat and then spend time cooking and cleaning.
For that kind of weekend, I love having a batch of quinoa ready to customize with whatever suits my fancy at the moment. Quinoa is one of my favorite grains because it’s high in protein, filling and comes in different varieties—including red and rainbow.
All you need to do is cook your quinoa of preference according to the directions on the package. A quarter cup dry is usually one serving. To cook, add two parts water for every one part quinoa (i.e. a half cup of water for a quarter cup dry quinoa). Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer. Let cook until water is absorbed, or about 15-20 minutes.
Now comes the fun part. Stir in your favorite veggies, beans, nuts and/or spices. After you’ve cooked your quinoa, what you mix into it is all up to you! My favorite combination includes chopped green onions, green peas, corn, chickpeas, salt and pepper.
I like to keep at least a cup of plain, cooked quinoa in the fridge at all times. It lasts for a week and is perfect for those moments when you’re starving but don’t have the brainpower to think of what to make. Quinoa goes very well with that bag of frozen broccoli you don’t know what to do with, or that can of red beans chillin’ in your pantry. The possibilities are truly endless!
How do you like to eat your quinoa?