I have found quinoa to be quite unassuming. It goes where you tell it to go. You want it to be spicy, it picks up the flavor with easily. If you want it bland, add very little to it. Use it instead of rice, on occasion.
It is easy to make other than rinsing thoroughly. I put it through a sifter three times. I found my strainers have holes that allow the quinoa to fall right through. The sifter catches it and is easy to handle.
Other than that, it is not time consuming and you need not fuss over it. Just enjoy it and it will blend in with the other flavors on the plate.
Of course, you probably do not want your quinoa to be quiet and unassuming. You want it to have a little heat or lots of flavor. You want add-ins for texture. You can play as much as you want with quinoa and most likely end with something delicious.
Waking Up Quinoa
Ingredients for two people:
1 -2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups boiling water
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2/3 cup mixed mushrooms, sliced
1/3 green pepper, chopped
8 grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup scallions, chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sauce
In medium saucepan, in olive oil, cook mushrooms, green pepper and scallions for three minutes.
Add quinoa and cook for 30 seconds.
Add boiling water and cook for 18 minutes.
Add tomatoes, soy sauce and sauce and cook another 3 minutes until tomatoes are warm.
(I used my ice cream scoop to serve this.)
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