We’ve discovered that our daughter loves quinoa…but only if I make it. So the question is, what do I do differently?
I like my quinoa kind of sticky I guess. When I get it other places, it’s more crumbly, almost like a couscous if that makes sense. First note, I make it in my rice cooker. I got this earlier this year, and have been easily making quinoa and steel cut oats in it. I love being able to set it up and not have to stir, make sure it doesn’t boil over, etc. Plus it has a timer and a warm setting, so I can set it up early and leave it. I’m all about making things easier on myself!
Second, and I think this is the key, I use a ratio of 1:4 dry quinoa to liquid (usually 1 cup quinoa, 4 cups water). I can’t remember where I first saw this recipe (if you can call it that!) but it works really well for me. I find that it helps the quinoa take on whatever I put on it, makes it easier to eat without making a mess (just don’t drop your dry quinoa!) and I actually prefer the taste this way. Not that quinoa really has much of a taste!
We used to mix quinoa with avocado to make it easier for little hands, but this way, it sticks together better and makes that unnecessary.
I have oatmeal in it now! I don’t have to worry about a thing until we want to eat it.