We recently had an early birthday dinner for my husband at a phenomenal restaurant on the Cape. I ordered the seared scallops which came with black quinoa. It was such a unique flavor that I had to do a little research on it. I am familiar with the red and cream colored grains. Although not really a grain and more of a seed, it has a high percentage of protein, fiber and many essential nutrients. What I found out is the black version is hard to come by and has the highest % of protein. It is great food for people who eat a low gluten diet. Quinoa seems like a superfood to me!
The best way to cook quinoa is 1 cup of the grain with 2 cups of water. Once the water reaches a rolling boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Once cooked the grains are soft, nutty and delicious. You can toast the quinoa in a dry pan or in the oven before cooking and it will add a toasted flavor to your dish.