Monday, January 23, 2017

Fluffy Lemon Quinoa

My current obsession: quinoa! This super food is a complete protein containing all of the essential amino acids and has a low glycemic index which is good for blood sugar control.  I eat it in place of my brown rice on most days but will really interchange the two, depending on my mood. Quinoa has slightly more carbs than brown rice, but overall, quinoa is my food of choice because of all of the health benefits that come along with it.


1 cup of organic quinoa

2 cups of low sodium chicken broth or water

1/2 tsp of garlic powder

2 tsp of dried parsley

1/4 tsp of salt

lemon for garnish


Place quinoa into a medium sized saucepan. Add in chicken broth, salt, garlic powder, and dried parsley. Turn heat to medium-high and allow it to come to a rolling boil. Turn heat down to medium-low and allow it to simmer UNCOVERED for 15 minutes (check after 10 minutes), or until all of the liquid has evaporated. Turn heat OFF, cover with a lid, and allow for the quinoa to steam for an additional 5 minutes. Do not remove quinoa from the burner. Remove cover and fluff up using a fork. Add a squeeze of lemon before serving. Perfect quinoa, every time! :)


*If using water + chicken base or bouillon cube, make sure to add the base or bouillon cube, first, into your measuring cup and then add in 1 cup of hot water, mix till fully dissolved, followed by the other 1 cup of water. I find that adding in 2 cups of water and then adding the bouillon after, makes too much liquid and the result is soggy quinoa.

*I purchase my quinoa from Costco and it already comes pre-rinsed. Depending on the brand you are using, you may want to pre-rinse to get rid of any bitter or soapy after-taste.

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