Cooking and recipes are almost becoming an art form. Every chef has his own take on what you should be cooking and how you should mix it with other foods. Knowing how to cook quinoa with the simple boil in water method is really just the start of what you can do with it. Once you have prepared your quinoa there are many quinoa recipes that you can use that will give you a wholesome and healthy meal.
Cooking quinoa is still a bit of a mystery to many because most cooks have never even seen it, let alone know what to do with it. The best recipes are usually savoury. Quinoa goes great with salads, vegetables and main courses. It makes a very good base for a Mexican chilli meal or an Indian curry. I read recently of someone cooking quinoa in a microwave oven. It isn’t any faster but it is convenient.
The occasional quinoa recipe use sweet ingredients in dishes such as fruity porridge, or quinoa cookies. It is completely dreadful mixed with modern processed foods. Quinoa for some reason only seems to mix well with fresh and healthy ingredients which is all for the better. You can see that there is more than one type of quinoa recipe.
The most successful use that you will find for quinoa is in quinoa stir fry meals. The mild flavour of quinoa and its slightly crunchy and nutty texture really comes into its own with these types of meals. The best place to find these recipes is of course online. There are many good recipes there that will never make it into a recipe book because quinoa is so obscure. Just check that there are not too many weird ingredients. I came across a quinoa stir fry recipe that had 30 different ingredients – some of which I have never heard of.
You now know how to cook quinoa and that it is very good to experiment with in the kitchen. My own quinoa recipes have really developed out of trial and error over a few years. If one of my experiments didn’t work I would change it around next time.