Quinoa: 6 Things You Need to Know About This Mysterious Ingredient! by Chef Gigi

Quinoa: 6 Things You Need to Know About This Mysterious Ingredient!

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) has risen to superstar food fame the last few seasons! It’s a gluten-free, high-protein, high-fiber, quick-cooking whole grain with a nutty flavor. For me the texture of the little grains drives me crazy, but my kids love it! Here are some answers to quinoa FAQs:

  • 1 cup quinoa will cook in about 20 minutes.
  • 1 cup dry quinoa yields about 3 cups cooked quinoa.
  • To cook 1 cup quinoa, you need about 2 cups liquid.
  • Quinoa is really excellent when cooked in vegetable or chicken broth.
  • Add about 1/4 teaspoon salt to each cup of dried quinoa when cooking.
  • You can add other spices and aromatics when cooking quinoa.

Try it tonight - you can’t go wrong with quinoa!

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Donna John
I love quinoa, Gigi Gaggero! I make a roasted vegetable quinoa salad. Look forward to learning more about cooking and food from you. Welcome to the tribe!
Chef Gigi
📣 Yay! I ❤️ 30 second Mom DOT COM!!!
Thank you !
Elisa Schmitz
What an awesome first tip by the amazing Chef Gigi Gaggero! So looking forward to more of your tips, chica. Welcome to 30Second Mom!
Chef Gigi
TY Elisa! Im Excited to be here! 🎉
Stephen Dimmick
Quinoa is a staple in my home @chefgigi. Bring on the tips sistah coz cook'n isn't something I do well and I need ALL the help I can get LOL
Chef Gigi
Stephen Dimmick lolol You are cracking me up! Looking forward to sharing more! Thank you!
I'm still feeling my way around - tell me , how can I follow back? Maybe I'm not seeing it cause Im using my Mobil device -
Stephen Dimmick
Hi Chef Gigi Gaggero I'm on all platforms Instagram and twitter I'm @DailyDimmick and @GlossiGirl and facebook I'm GlossiGirl. If you swing by say hi doll <3 <3 <3
Jennison Grigsby
Love quinoa! I love mixing it with oatmeal for a protein packed breakfast for myself and my 9 month old!
Chef Gigi
Wow Jennison- I ❤️ Hearing you started out your baby on a healthful nutrition plan! It all begins now- the more you introduce new favors and textures now, the better eater your little will grow into! #NoPickyEatersForYou

☀️Keep me posted, and enjoy my other recipes!
Elisa Schmitz
Chef Gigi Gaggero - just click on the person you want to follow, and you should see a "follow" button right under their name on their profile page. Please LMK if you don't see it and we can try to help, thanks!
Sue Rodgers
We make an awesome granola using quinoa. Super protein!!

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