Teriyaki Quinoa with Crystallized Ginger with Quinoa Cooking Tips 1

Learn my best top secret quinoa cooking tips and fall in love with my Teriyaki Quinoa with Crystallized Ginger.

I cannot tell you how happy I am to be in my new space and all set up after my big web hosting fiasco with Blogger/Google.  I still have a lot of work to do but at least I can create some recipes and work on all the categories and tags later.

Now for the food!  I think you’re gonna love this dish.  It’s a great mix of salty and sweet with a spicy bite.  This dish is high in protein (quinoa is actually a protein-packed seed!) and is SUPER easy – only 7 ingredients, not counting the water) and you can just throw it all in one pot which saves time on cleanup.  I’m all about the one-pot thing lately.

Ginger is a little root with big powers.  It is perfect in both savory and sweet dishes and is used in a lot of Asian cooking. It has anti-inflammatory compounds, is wonderful for digestion-both for relieving gas and soothing your belly and can relieve symptoms of nausea.

Top Secret Quinoa Cooking Tips

1. Get yourself a sprouter.  The toughest thing about cooking quinoa is the rinsing part. If you plan to cook quinoa a lot (like we do), get yourself this sprouter from Sprout People. It rocks for sprouting, but it gets more use rinsing quinoa. It has a mine mesh piece that’s awesome and works way better than many other options I’ve tried. I also use it to rinse and soak rice and other small batches of grains and beans.

Easy Sprouter

2. Keep it simple. Think “double the liquid”. So for one cup of quinoa, you’ll need two cups of water or veggie broth. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat and wait 15 minutes, then remove from heat and wait 5. Done and done.

3. Remember flavorings. I love throwing in some fresh garlic, chopped onions and various seasonings to liven it up a bit. It’s SO worth the extra effort. 

4. Buy cheap from the bulk bin! The bulk bin is a great place to find sales too for even deeper discounts.


Your Turn

What do you think of these tips? Will these help? What’s your favorite way to eat quinoa?

Teriyaki Quinoa with Crystallized Ginger

Serves 4-6
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe


1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 onion, chopped
1/2 carrots, chopped
1/2 cup pineapple bits (or fresh chopped pineapple)
5 oz broccoli (about 2 cups), chopped
1/2 cup Teriyaki, San-J Brand
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1/4 cup ginger chews (Crystallized ginger), chopped


1. Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer.  Add to large pot with 2 cups water, onion, carrots and pineapple.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover.  Cook 5 minutes; add broccoli, recover and cook an additional 10 minutes.

2. Remove from heat for 5 minutes; stir in Teriyaki, peanut butter and ginger chews.

Nutrition Facts
6 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 215.4
Total Fat 4.8 g
Saturated Fat 0.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 957.5 mg
Potassium 209.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 37.7 g
Dietary Fiber 3.6 g
Sugars 10.2 g
Protein 7.7 g
Vitamin A 9.1 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 13.7 %
Vitamin C 49.6 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 5.2 %
Calcium 16.8 %
Copper 11.1 %
Folate 16.1 %
Iron 36.6 %
Magnesium 32.2 %
Manganese 15.7 %
Niacin 13.5 %
Pantothenic Acid 6.0 %
Phosphorus 58.7 %
Riboflavin 66.6 %
Selenium 2.0 %
Thiamin 6.3 %
Zinc 3.2 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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