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.
Per Serving: 311 calories;7.9 g fat;
37.9 g carbohydrates;
21.1 g protein;
0 mg cholesterol;
439 mg sodium.