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Easy Flavorful Quinoa

Quinoa is an amazingly healthy little grain-like starch.  It has protein, fiber, polyunsaturated fat, magnesium, phosphorous and more!  While people love foods that are good because of their health benefits, we all know most of them aren’t the best tasting.  Quinoa is not one of them, especially when toasted before.  I can’t really compare it to any other grainy flavor, if I had to it would probably be close to a pearled barley.  Either way, I made this Quinoa as a bed under a Braised Lamb Shank and it turned out awesomely.  It’s easy to prepare and below is the recipe for making fast flavorful Quinoa!


Steamed Quinoa
Photography by Nick Kern




    • 1 Cup Quinoa
    • 2 Cups Water
    • 1 Tbsp Butter
    • 2 Tsp Olive Oil
    • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
    • 2 Tsp Salt & Black Pepper
    • 1/2 Vegetable Bouillion Cube


  1. Bring Water to a Boil
  2. Add Butter and Bouillion Cube
  3. Bring Pan to Medium-High Heat
  4. Add Olive Oil to Pan
  5. Toast the Quinoa in the oil, stirring every minute or so for 5 – 6 minutes until slightly browned
  6. Add the Quinoa to the Boiling Water
  7. Add Garlic Powder & Salt & Pepper
  8. Lower to Medium Heat
  9. Cover
  10. Cook 20-25 minutes until most water is absorbed
  11. Remove Cover and let sit for 3-4 minutes
  12. Serve, Squeeze a slice of lemon for a garnish
  • You can also just toast the Quinoa and throw the liquid ingredients in a rice cooker!  Then you just have to stir it occasionally and it’s done!

You’ll really enjoy this because it’s a simple application for a side-dish that will actually get eaten and it has health benefits.  Incorporating Quinoa into your diet over things like potatoes and white rice can greatly lower the amount of carbs you eat and increase your protein intake also!  Please let me know what you think!


2 thoughts on “Easy Flavorful Quinoa”

  1. This is one of my kids favorite ways to eat quinoa. INGREDIENTS: 1 Cup Quinoa, 1½ Tbsp. Vegetable Oil,½ Onion Diced (about 4 or 5 oz.),1 Tsp. Grated Fresh ginger Root, ½ Fresh Green Chile (Finely Chopped), 1 Heaping Tsp. Turmeric, 1 Heaping Tsp. Coriander, ¼ Tsp. Ground Cinnamon, 1¾ Cups Water, ½ Cup Fresh or Frozen Peas, Salt to Taste…COOKING DIRECTIONS: Rinse quinoa with cold water. It’s already rinsed! Place oil and diced onions in a heavy saucepan. Saute the onions on medium high heat for four to five minutes.Add the ginger root, chile, and quinoa. Cook for one minute stirring constantly.A fine, white spiral appears around the grain as it cooks. Stir in the turmeric, coriander, cinnamon, and salt. Cook for one minute stirring constantly. Add the water and bring it to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.Stir in peas. Cover and cook for four or five minutes or until peas are tender and all the water has been absorbed. Fluff with a fork and it is ready to be served.

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