So, as I am typing up this paragraph, I am hearing it aloud in my head and it seems a bit silly. But it is the truth, so here goes: At the end of a long day, when I am tired and feeling hungry, it is just a little too much for me to cook up some quinoa to serve with dinner.
I say that it seems silly, because I realize it really isn’t all that hard and doesn’t take all that long, but there is something about the whole process of getting out the saucepan, boiling the water, and then cooking the quinoa that just deters me most nights. Multiple times I have ditched my plans to make quinoa at the last minute, because I just couldn’t work up the energy to embark upon that project. (Still seems silly!)
Soooo, I have been playing around with ‘easier’ ways to make quinoa (on the weekends, of course!), including oven-baked quinoa, microwaved quinoa, and finally hit upon the best way I have found so far. Slow Cooker Quinoa!
I really love this method for three main reasons.
One, the prep is in the morning, before the demands of the day start to kick in.
Two, it really could not be easier. Add the quinoa and the chicken broth to the slow cooker and turn it on low. The hardest part is remembering to plug it in (not that I have personal experience with that issue…ahem).
Three, my quinoa turns out perfect every time! Hooray!
- 1 and ½ cups quinoa (it is easiest if you buy the already rinsed kind)
- 3 cups chicken broth
- ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
- Add all ingredients to the slow cooker and stir.
- Cook on low 5-6 hours. **Note that due to possible differences in slow cookers, you will want to be vigilant the first time you use this method. Make a note of how long to cook the quinoa until it is done so that you can repeat it in the future! 5 hours works for me every time, but others have had a different experience.
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