I feel like I just found a gold mine.
Now I know how people who win the lottery must feel.
You must understand, I am by no means a strict calorie counter, but it’s nice to be aware.
So once I discovered this method, I realized I’m never going back.
I KNOW HOW TO MAKE GRAINS LOW CALORIE.
All of them: rice, bulgur, millet, spelt, barley, to name a few. I’ve even got oatmeal! But today I’m tackling quinoa.
I know what you’re thinking, stop yacking and tell us what the big deal is! What is this magical concept?
The secret is just water. If it has a higher water content, it’s going to be lower calorie.
But won’t that make it soggy?
Nope. The method here is just cooking the grains (or beans) in twice the water for a longer period of time so it soaks all the extra liquid up. It still retains a perfect texture while giving you a remarkably low calorie count!
I’m sold. How do I make this?
How To Prepare Low Calorie Quinoa
This really opens the door to limitless possibilities. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!
My Low Calorie Quinoa (Calculated using the nutritional label on the back of the package of my bulk Whole Foods quinoa)
Calories: 110 (!!!)
1c. dry quinoa
1t coconut oil, or other oil (optional)
The rule of thumb is 1 cup of water per 1/4 cup of dry quinoa.
Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve under running water. Heat a pot, with oil if using, over medium high heat, and add in dry quinoa. Toast for a few minutes, stirring occasionally but making sure it doesn’t burn. After the quinoa has toasted for a few minutes and, is lightly browned, add water, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Make sure to NOT life the lid during this time. If you will not be using the quinoa immediately, letting it sit the pot over super low heat help it soak up the water even more, but that last part is totally optional.
Fluff with a fork and enjoy your low calorie nutrition packed deliciousness!
Yes, deliciousness should be a word.