While today’s superfood trends typically come and go in a blink of an eye, perhaps no superfood has become a bigger—and more permanent—part of our home cooking and restaurant menus than quinoa. Though quinoa was once the punch line of health food jokes, it’s become an essential ingredient that is both extremely healthy and versatile. Given its neutral flavor and texture, quinoa can be served in a huge breadth of recipes, and allows home cooks to get creative with their mixins and toppings.
A lot of recipes call for toasting quinoa before it's cooked. While doing so increases its nutty taste, it's not a necessary step. For more flavor without toasting, search for red or black varieties of quinoa.
Try this Kitchen Shortcut with Quinoa Salad with Peaches.