Quinoa is a complete protein containing all eight essential amino acids. It’s light and fluffy in texture but has that whole grain ability to fill people up–and if you’ve got company coming, this recipe easily doubles to serve eight people.
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve until water runs clear, drain and transfer to a medium pot. Add water and salt and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer until water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside off the heat for 5 minutes; uncover and fluff with a fork.
Per serving (about 5oz/162g-wt.): 160 calories (25 from fat), 2.5g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 300mg sodium, 27g total carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 0g sugar), 6g protein