I have to admit, it took me awhile to get on board with the quinoa craze. Unfortunately when it first hit the scene many of the brands that were offering this healthy grain up to the masses had very crude or rustic packaging and every time I would look at a bag in the store, I would just immediately feel like millennial hippies were trying to pass off dirt as a food source.
The first time I tried it, I had followed the directions on the package. I did not add anything to it, as I wanted to have a discernible base. To my surprise, I enjoyed the texture, it was very close to couscous and the even though, somewhat unappealing without flavoring, the quinoa was light and neutral enough that I knew it would easily take on the flavors of any other ingredients I would add, very similar to cooking rice.
On a side note, like rice, the grain expands, so if you have leftovers, this grain can easily be frozen.
Here is my recipe for a savory quinoa, which can be served as a side dish as is or sprinkled with your favorite cheese, added to soup or used to make a lunch or dinner bowl by adding some veggies, beans, avocados, grilled chicken, etc…
Green Onion and Garlic Quinoa
1 cup Quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 ½ tsp. chicken base or 2 cups Chicken Broth
2 cups water (omit if using chicken broth)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 stalks of green onion, thinly sliced
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1. In a medium saucepan, add water, chicken base, garlic and onion.
2. Bring to a boil.
3. Add quinoa, salt and pepper.
4. Stir well to combine all ingredients, about 30 seconds.
5. Lower heat to simmer, cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
6. Remove from heat and fluff with fork.
7. Serve warm.
Enjoy the simple recipe card below.
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 1 ½ tsp. chicken base or 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups water (omit if using chicken broth)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 stalks of green onion, thinly sliced
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- In a medium saucepan, add water, chicken base, garlic and onion.
- Bring to a boil.
- Add quinoa, salt and pepper.
- Stir well to combine all ingredients, about 30 seconds.
- Lower heat to simmer, cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
- 6. Remove from heat and fluff with fork.
- . Serve warm.