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This recipe is a basic way to start serve quinoa at home and would go well with almost any main course.

Ready time: 15 minutes


1 cup quinoa

1 to 2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp salt

fresh ground pepper

squeeze of fresh lemon

2 tbsp chopped cilantro


Rinse quinoa well before using (1 to 2 minutes under running water).

Fill a medium pot with water, add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.

Add the quinoa and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the quinoa is soft and a little chewy. You will also see a little white ring around the kernel, another sign that it is done.

Strain the quinoa and put it back in the pot.

Add olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon and cilantro.

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Sue Riedl worked for 12 years in the Toronto film industry where her culinary passion was ignited while consuming countless unhealthy snacks off the craft service table. More


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