A healthy lifestyle is something that a lot of people are trying to attain nowadays. It is a constant struggle to find food items that support a healthy lifestyle and can be cooked efficiently without needing too many specialized tools. This is where quinoa comes in! Quinoa is known to be nutritious and delicious at the same time, something most of us try to find on a daily basis. It consists of many nutrients including protein and fiber.
Something that a lot of people might not know about quinoa is that it can be cooked in a rice cooker. It’s not something that most people think of, but it is doable. Not only can it be cooked in the rice cooker, but you will end up with airy, fluffy quinoa if done right of course! Another pro of cooking quinoa in a rice cooker is that you can prepare a lot at one time! This is perfect for people who like to prepare meals or are cooking for a lot of people.
Once you start your rice cooker, you can get other work done because it cooks it without constant supervision, and who doesn’t love getting multiple things done at once!
The list of things needed to cook quinoa in a rice cooker isn’t too long, which is always an advantage!
- Quinoa (any type of quinoa works)
- Water (or any other liquid substitute)
- Salt (to taste)
- Rice cooker
That’s all and you’re ready to cook the quinoa!
How to Cook Quinoa
If you thought gathering the things needed was easy, wait until you find out how easy the cooking process is.
There is one measurement that you have to know, but it is the same as it would be if you cooked it on the stove: 1 cup of quinoa to 1 ¾ cup of water, as simple as that!
After you measure out the quinoa, place it in the strainer and wash it under the sink until it is thoroughly rinsed. Then, make sure you dry the quinoa by letting the water drain out of the strainer and waiting a couple of minutes above the sink. Don’t forget to grease your rice cooker with olive oil before you put anything in so that the quinoa can be removed easily.
Next, add the rinsed quinoa, water, and salt (to taste) to the rice cooker and stir inside. Shut the lid carefully and turn the rice cooker on. The beauty of using a rice cooker is that it will cook the quinoa and turn it off when it is done and ready to eat!
When it turns off, open the lid to let some of the steam out and to allow the quinoa to become nice and fluffy! After it lets the steam out, fluff it up with a fork and it is ready to serve!
This will result in about 3 cups of cooked quinoa, but you can modify the measurements depending on if you want more or less.
You can also store the quinoa in the fridge for up to 5 days, or you can freeze it for up to 5 months! This way you can also use quinoa as a side dish for other meals.
To add a splash of flavor to your quinoa, you could use chicken broth, beef broth, or vegetable broth instead of water. If you want a more diluted flavor, you can mix your broth with water as well. You can also add in spices to your quinoa including cumin, turmeric, paprika, coriander, etc. before you turn on your rice cooker. This will elevate the flavor of your quinoa without adding any extra amount of work!
Another quick tip is you can use milk to cook your quinoa and serve it up with some fruit or granola for breakfast quinoa. You can also top it with some corn syrup or chocolate syrup to add more of a sweeter taste in the morning! Quick and easy for someone needing to get out the door.
How to Cook Quinoa In a Rice Cooker: Conclusion
Multipurpose kitchen gadgets and tools are worthwhile to learn about because they can save you money and time knowing you can use something you already have. If you don’t have a rice cooker, you can also use an electric pressure cooker, however, the process may change a little but the overall idea is the same. Using a rice cooker for quinoa instead of making it on your stovetop is a great time saver and is easy to incorporate into your day.
This would change the game for people who live a busy lifestyle as they don’t have to stand near the stovetop and wait for it to cook. Cooking quinoa is also something that can be very customizable and can be made to suit different dietary preferences and restrictions. It’s the perfect meal for someone looking for a quick and healthy meal option!
Written by Shreshta Gopisetty