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Quick Grains

When you don’t have time to cook rice, quick grains can be really convenient. The water to grain ratio is the same as for longer cooking varieties, but they usually cook in 15-20 minutes.



1-cup grain (quinoa, bulgur, polenta (add extra water for this one) or buckwheat

2-cups water

dash of salt or 1 bullion cube (if desired)



Rinse the grain in warm water. Place grain, water and salt or bullion (optional, but it adds flavor) in saucepan or pot (filling the pot no fuller than two-thirds full). Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and set for 15 minutes. DO NOT STIR! If there is still quite a bit of water left at that point you can cook it for another 5-10 minutes, otherwise remove from heat and let it stand covered until all water is absorbed.


You can use quick grains in place of rice in most recipes although polenta becomes more of a mash than a grain consistency, so bear that in mind. 

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