Quinoa is species of the Goosefoot plant, closely related to beets and spinach, grown and harvested for its edible seeds. Quinoa seeds have a slight bitter flavor with a grainy texture. If you prepare quinoa incorrectly, it may turn to mush or adopt a vaguely muddy flavor. You can cook quinoa in a Crock Pot over the course of three to six hours for a healthy, make-ahead meal. Serve cooked quinoa as a side dish to meats, soups or stews.
Pour the quinoa into a strainer and rinse under cool, running water for 60 seconds. Shake the quinoa in the strainer to rinse all of it thoroughly.
Place the quinoa into the Crock Pot and add the olive oil. Stir with a wooden spoon to coat and pour the chicken or vegetable stock over the top. Season as desired.
Cover the Crock Pot and cook the quinoa for five to six hours on low or three to four hours on high.
Fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork and serve while hot. Combine with cooked meat or vegetables, if desired.
Things You Will Need
1 1/2 cups quinoa
1 tbsp. olive oil
3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 tsp. salt
Do not leave leftover quinoa in the Crock Pot. Transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days. For a healthier alternative, use low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock.
- "Quinoa 365"; Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming; 2010
- "Cooking with Quinoa"; Fiona Mullin; 2010
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