There are times that I forget that not everyone stocks their pantry like I do. I need to remember that sharing some of these basics is an important part of learning to cook with minimally processed, real food. I was reminded of this the other day when someone asked "what is this quinoa mix you keep talking about? where can I get it?".
I don't buy my quinoa mix, but instead make it myself. After seeing what was available at our local markets and getting the opinions of my family, we started making our own quinoa mix by mixing together brown rice and two kinds of quinoa. This was the compromise between the rice eaters and the quinoa eaters. I would happily eat just quinoa all the time, but the kids are much more happy with the addition of the rice.
I mix 4 pounds at a time and that lasts us about 2 months. You could mix more at once if you have the storage space.
I found this acrylic container at Bed, Bath & Beyond when we were out of town a couple months ago. It fits the 4 pounds perfectly with maybe a 1/4-inch of space left.
Brown Rice and Quinoa Mix
2 pounds uncooked brown rice
1 pound (16 oz.) white quinoa (sometimes labeled traditional)
1 pound (16 oz.) red quinoa
In a large bowl, stir together the rice and quinoa to mix thoroughly. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
In a medium saucepan, add 1 cup rice mixture, 2 1/4 cups water, and 1/2 tsp. salt to a boil. Cover and simmer on low 20-25 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
You can use this mix to substitute for rice or quinoa in most recipes. Just remember that brown rice and quinoa takes a little more liquid to cook thoroughly than plain white rice. Some adjustments may be necessary. Feel free to experiment with your favorite recipes.
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