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How to Cook Quinoa in Coconut Milk

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author image Susan Brassard
Susan Brassard writes about natural health-related topics, complementary and alternative medicine and issues relative to a holistic approach to the aging process. Following a career in business and finance, she obtained a Master of Arts in gerontology and several certifications in energy therapies. She is the author of a workbook and resource guide for older adults.
How to Cook Quinoa in Coconut Milk
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Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, is a grain-like seed native to South America. Along with corn, quinoa was a food staple for the Incan civilization and has been continuously cultivated for more than 5,000 years. Because quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, it is a complete protein high in potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. It is also gluten-free, easy to digest and an excellent source of dietary fiber. Although small packages of prepared quinoa are readily available, you can generally find a less costly, organic variety in the bulk bins of your grocery or health food store.

Step 1

Place 1 cup of quinoa into a fine mesh strainer. Rinse under cold, running water until the water runs clear. Drain well.

Step 2

Combine the quinoa with 2 cups of unsweetened coconut milk in a small saucepan. Bring to just below a boil, stir once and reduce the heat to low.

Step 3

Cover the saucepan with a lid, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.

Step 4

Remove the quinoa from the heat, and fluff with a fork.

Step 5

Top with chopped nuts, dried fruits or flaked coconut if desired.

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