Quinoa with Asparagus, Shiitake, Mushrooms and Veggie Tenders
Quinoa has a natural protective coating called 'saponin' that must be rinsed off before cooking as it can give a bitter taste. As it cooks, the quinoa germ separates from the kernel creating tiny white rings. This is a sign that it is fully cooked.
Variation: When ready to serve, stir in 1/4 cup (50 mL) toasted walnut pieces or toasted almonds.