Quinoa is known as one of the healthiest food of all time! It’s a plant food that’s gluten free, high in protein, and packed with nutrients! Fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, potassium, calcium, and iron. It’s also one of the few foods that contain all nine essential amino acids.
So it’s pretty great.
But does it taste great?
Like many healthy foods, quinoa tastes a little healthy, if you know what I mean. If it’s not prepared correctly, it can taste grain-like and not very pleasant.
Luckily, our recipe is fool-proof. We have 3 ways of adding flavor:
The first, and most important, is Fresh Churned Garlic Butter. Adding a couple of tablespoons while cooking is essential because it adds fat, which add flavor. Also, our Garlic Butter is full of garlic flavor– it’s absolutely delicious.
The second way is using broth instead of water. This is helpful when cooking rice or couscous as well. If you boil your grain in water, it will taste like water– nothing. Broth adds flavor naturally. We used vegetable broth, to keep the dish vegetarian, but you could use chicken or beef.
Salt. Salt helps everything taste better. Garlic Butter and broth are great, but quinoa needs a little extra salt to make sure it tastes good.
How to Cook Quinoa
This is an all in one method, which makes things easy. Put the quinoa, Garlic Butter, salt, and broth in a pot. Bring it to a boil, then cover and simmer until the liquid is absorbed and the grain is nice and fluffy. You should be able to fluff it with a fork.
There are many kinds of quinoa– tri-color, red, or brown. Use which you want! We used tri-color, purely because we thought it would look better in photos. Use whatever you can buy at your local grocery store.
This is great for meal prepping as well– it makes a great side dish to any kind of meat or roasted vegetables!
- 2 cups quinoa
- 2 T [u][url href=”https://chefshamy.com/all-natural-dairy-butters/garlic-butter-with-parmesan-and-basil/” target=”_blank”]Chef Shamy Garlic Butter[/url][/u]
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 T fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
- Add quinoa, Garlic Butter, salt, and vegetable broth to a saucepan over medium high heat.
- Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 20-25 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked.
- Fluff with a fork, then garnish with parsley, if desired.