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How to Cook Quinoa (Serves 4 – 6)
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a saucepan, bring all to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes.
Serve hot or cold.
*Optional – if serving hot, sauté 1/4 cup chopped onion in 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil, then add the quinoa, salt and water and cook as previously directed.