I love Quinoa, (藜) . Not only does it only take minutes to cook, it's easier to cook than Brown Rice and it's very forgiving. Added too much water? Fine, Quinoa doesn't go to mush quickly, so just cook for a little longer. Added too little liquid? Cool, add some more liquid, bring to a boil and then let simmer for 8 minutes and repeat process again if necessary. I also find that a tight fitting lid to your wok/pot/pan makes fluffy Quinoa effortless.
Quinoa Paella Recipe
* 2-3 links of sliced Chorizo
* 2 cups of Quinoa (rinsed if necessary--you can buy already rinsed Quinoa from Costco)
* 4 cups of Chicken Broth
* Pinch of Saffron
* Cayenne Pepper to taste
* Paprika to taste
* 2-3 handfuls of fresh Clams scrubbed and cleaned
* 2-3 handfuls of fresh Shrimp in shells
* 2-3 handfuls of fresh Scallops
* 2-3 handfuls of frozen Peas and Corn
* 2-3 handfuls of shredded baby Kale
* Parsley roughly chopped
* Lemon wedges
* Salt and Pepper to taste
Put wok on medium heat and spray with PAM. Add Chorizo slices and brown all over. Remove Chorizo with slotted spoon and add Quinoa. Toast Quinoa for a minute or two and mix into Chorizo oil. Add Chicken stock, Saffron, Cayenne and Paprika. Bring to boil, cover and then let simmer for 10 minutes. When the broth in the pot has been mostly absorbed add Clams. In this recipe I'm using Shrimps in their shells--so it's appropriate to put them in the wok at this time. If you are using de-shelled shrimp hold off putting them in now. Cover and continue simmering for another 5 minutes. Don't stir too much if you want fluffy Quinoa. By now some Clams should have started to open and releasing their brine. You should be seeing pools of broth--at this time add de-shelled Shrimp (if you are using them), Scallops, Peas, Corn, and Kale. Bring wok to boil and then let simmer for 5-8 minutes and then let stand for a couple of minutes. When the wok has cooled down add Salt and Pepper to taste, Parsley and lemon wedges.
Remember: If there is too little broth add more (maybe 1/4 of a cup at a time), bring to a boil and then let simmer for 8 minutes and repeat process again. If there is too much broth just bring wok to boil and then let simmer for 8 minutes and repeat process again if necessary.