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How to Cook Quinoa – The Stay At Home Chef

Storage & Reheating Instructions

Quinoa is a wonderful grain to prepare in advance as it stores very well. After cooking, allow your quinoa to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Reheating quinoa is simple and straightforward. If you have it stored in the fridge, you can add it directly to most recipes as the cooking process will warm it up.

For standalone quinoa, heat it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until warmed through, stirring halfway to ensure even heating. If the quinoa seems dry, you can add a splash of water or broth before reheating to restore its fluffiness.

For frozen quinoa, you don’t need to thaw it before reheating. You can add it directly to your dishes just like refrigerated quinoa. If reheating it separately, follow the same process as for refrigerated quinoa, but allow for a little extra time in the microwave.

Flavor Variations

Garlic and Olive Oil Quinoa: Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in the saucepan. Sauté 1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic for 60-90 seconds before adding in quinoa, water, and salt. Follow the basic recipe from there.

Parmesan Quinoa: Replace water with 2 1/2 cups chicken broth and olive oil with 1 tablespoon butter. When fluffing the cooked quinoa, slowly sprinkle in 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Herbed Chicken Quinoa: Replace water with 2 1/2 cups chicken broth. With the salt, add in 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon each of garlic powder, dried parsley, dried rosemary, and dried thyme, and 1/8 teaspoon dried sage. Follow the basic recipe from there.

Mediterranean Quinoa: With the salt, add in 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cumin, onion powder, and dried rosemary, and 1/4 teaspoon each of dried oregano, garlic powder, and ground turmeric, followed by a generous pinch of ground cinnamon. Follow the basic recipe from there.

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