Quinoa Cooking: Rinsing, Oil-Free Toasting, and How to Know When It’s Done

Quinoa originates in Peru, where it grows high on the Andes mountains and has fed Incan warriors for centuries. It is naturally gluten-free and protected by laws to ensure it is GMO-free and organic. Most quinoa you buy today is pre-rinsed, so there’s no need to wash.

Quinoa Cooking:

Rinsing, Oil-Free Toasting, and How to Know When It’s Done

Do I need to rinse quinoa? Do I need to cook it with oil? How do I know when it’s done? Chef Katie Simmons will answer all of these questions for you. Plus, she’ll share her chef’s tip on why you should toast the quinoa with spices to get the ultimate flavor.

Three Colors: White, Red, Black

Quinoa comes in 3 colors: white, red, and black. You can also buy “tri-color” or “rainbow” quinoa, which is a combination of the three colors.

The white is the fluffiest and gets creamy when cooked like a porridge.  The black and red have a firmer texture, so they’re better for salads.

White quinoa is also the most affordable.


How to Use in Recipes:

Peruvian Quinoa Vegetable Stew – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Vegan Soup Recipe
Smoky Broccoli Quinoa Crunch – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan Salad Recipe
Italian Red Quinoa Fennel Citrus Winter Salad – Healthy, Gluten-Free, Heirloom, Oil-Free, Plant-Based, Vegan Recipe
Easy Oil-Free Avocado Lime Dressing – Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Simple Vegan Sauce Recipe

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories 222 Sodium 13 mg
Total Fat 4 g Potassium 318 mg
Saturated 0 g Total Carbs 39 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 5 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 0 g
Trans 0 g Protein 8 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Vitamin A 0% Calcium 3%
Vitamin C 0% Iron 15%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Shopping and Gear List

  • Nature’s Earthly Choice Quinoa, 24 Ounce
  • Pride Of India – Organic Three Color Quinoa – Protein Rich Whole Grain, 1.5 Pound (24oz) Jar

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