If you can find pre-washed quinoa, it will save you the time and hassle of having to rinse the quinoa before cooking (quinoa has a natural "soapy" coating that's washed off by rinsing). Otherwise, you'll need a very fine strainer or a colander lined with a non-terry kitchen towel to rinse the quinoa under running water prior to use.
|"confetti" (diced) veggies|
|Buy pre-washed quinoa|
1 1/3 cup chicken or other broth
1/2 to 3/4 cup diced vegetables, e.g., onion, summer squash, pepper, celery, carrot, etc.
1 Tbs olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Opt: your choice of dried or chopped fresh herbs for garnish/seasoning
Combine the quinoa and broth in a small pot or saucepan and bring to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes. While the quinoa is cooking, dice the vegetables and then saute the olive oil until softened. After the quinoa has cooked for 15 minutes, remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes. Uncover, stir in the sauteed vegetables, season to taste with salt, pepper and any other desired seasonings. Serve hot.