First off, I’m going to point out my sweet smile cheek wrinkle! Hello 30 years and going strong. 🙂
Now let’s get down to business.
It’s been a blizzard here in Portland for the past several days. My car has been snowed in for 4 days now. This leaves us with lots of family time (always a good thing), helping my sweet 2-year-old with his croupy coughing fever sickness, sledding, house cleaning, and generally coming up with other fun things to do. We rented redbox movies and wii games and squeezed in some home gym time, too. Today (since church was been cancelled due to super slippery roads) we playe games, cooked, read, crafted, and played some more wii.
Really, as long as we stay somewhat busy I don’t feel like the walls are closing in; the claustrophobia stays at bay. That can’t be said for the first part of the week – before it was even snowing. I have a thinker, an independent, and a problem solver in my children and they are wonderfully challenging and busily joyful all wrapped together.
At moments they surprise me in the happiest of ways and then the next minute I am practicing my deep breathing so I can speak peacefully. These are real life skills I’m learning. I think this might be why it’s important to have kids. It’s for the parents’ sake.
While this has nothing to do with making quinoa, because I didn’t even make any in this past week, I do love a tip on making things taste less like dirt. And that’s what we’re overcoming in lots of areas in our lives; making things taste less like dirt, more like something we desire. It takes extra rinsing and scrubbing about, the dirt comes off, and we’re left with something not only edible, but something that ends up sustaining us. We just have to take the time to rinse, even if it takes three times. We can see past the rinsing and see the potential.
I think that was a happy little metaphor. To parents or to children, maybe both. 🙂
It really does taste like dirt if you don’t clean it right. I’m going to teach you how.
And then you’ll want to make quinoa all the time. It’s good for you.
#1 – Measure your quinoa in cups and put in a pot. Here I have 2 cups quinoa.
#2 – Cover with water and rub your hand around the quinoa in the water. The water will get foggy.
#3 – I use a mesh splatter guard to drain the water. Hold it firmly against your pot and dump the water out. You could use a bowl-shaped mesh colander as well. Anything with bigger holes and the quinoa will escape. You could try using your hand, buy you’ve been warned that it will be tricky – maybe a smaller bowl will work better with that version.
#4 – Tap off the quinoa from the colander back into the pot.
#5 – REPEAT for a total of 3 rinsings.
#6 – For my 2 cups of quinoa, I add 4 cups of water after I’ve drained off the last rinse water.
#7 – Put the pot with rinsed quinoa and water on the stove. Heat on high until a boil. Once boiling, lower to medium, simmer, cover, and set timer for 15 minutes.
#8 – After 15 minutes, check your quinoa. The water should be soaked up, the quinoa soft and fluffy. Turn off heat and fluff with a fork or other tool. It’s ready to eat!
*I’ve also made a large batch, eaten some, dived the rest, and after placing in separate freezer baggies, frozen it for easy later use.
With quinoa on hand, it’s super easy to add to salad, soups, and homemade burgers.
1 cup gives you 8 g of protein and 5 g of fiber…bonus!