The versatile protein-rich "Mother Grain" from the Andes.
Full of protein, full of flavor, gluten free and adaptable to almost any cuisine, quinoa has taken over as the grain of choice for a lot of us. It's quick cooking and works as a replacement for rice, couscous or pasta. Don't forget to add it to soups and stews!
To prepare quinoa, rinse it in cool water and strain. Saute some onion and garlic in a small pot and when soft, add the rinsed quinoa and water (one part quinoa deserves two parts water). Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes. It's that simple. Steve's lovely cousin Eden Epling, who grew up in Latin America, tells him she likes to add finely chopped, almost minced, peppers to the onion and garlic. Sounds good to us!
The black is a different variety and takes a little longer to cook than the golden. All are whole grains.
In North America, we tend to use it as a grain or to replace couscous. In other parts of the Americas, you'll see it as part of soupier dishes or savory gruels.