The My New Roots Cooking Show – How to Cook Quinoa

My New Roots – How to Cook Quinoa from My New Roots on Vimeo.

A new day has dawned, people. Have I got a surprise for you.

Behold, the My New Roots-style cooking show. No 10-minute blab-a-thons. No bad lighting. No deep-fryers or microwaves. No clip art. No unnecessary information. No kids screaming in the background. No elevator music.

Nope. I would like to make some serious changes around here, so I’ve set out to make a video series that is under two minutes (because we’re all busy people), a pleasure to watch (because you want food porn in motion, I get it) and that teaches the basic techniques that I use so often in my own kitchen and in My New Roots recipes. Clear. Concise. Pretty. Deal?

Please, please, please give me your feedback on this one! I want to know what you think of this endeavor, and what you would like to see in the future. How to make nut milk? How to cook beans? Granola? Green Smoothies? Almond butter?
I know that I am feeling all kinds of excitement over these little films and I hope you can get on board with me too. I give you full permission to post this on Facebook, your own blog or website too – spread the word! Let’s make some changes! Today, a new kind of cooking show is born. Yay.

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  2. Morgan

    Can you PLEASE make more of these?? I’ve also seen you nut milk one; I would love to see a nut butter, especially as my attempt failed. Anything will do though, so long as I’m learning wonderful food secrets: ) Ta.

  3. Katie J

    Hi there,

    I have just come across your blog and now cooking show. I LOVE IT!!

    Would love to see more of this as you suggested! Fresh and simple.


  4. l'aura

    Love this vid! And the quick&pretty concept.

    More please! Maybe like a tomato spread / bruschetta type o’ thing (with a hint on how to get the skin off???)

  5. Mrs D

    Late to the show but wanted to add that your video was freaking ADORABLE. If Sophia Coppola had a health conscious blog and she decided to include videos, this is what theywould look like. Turbo heart!

  6. Sara

    I loved this video! Simple, fun to watch, and informative. I would love to see more videos like this in the future!

  7. Sarah B

    Hi L – thanks for your sweet comment! I am so thrilled to hear you and your family are enjoying the blog πŸ™‚

    My camera is a Canon 500 D with HD video. Buy one. It rocks.

    In health,
    Sarah B

  8. L

    Beautiful video!

    I just found your blog a few weeks ago and it is a new favorite in our household.

    I was curious about what type of camera you used to film your video.

    Thanks so much and keep up the amazing, inspiring work!

  9. stonegirldancing

    i love it! informative and fun. love the music, and your socks.

    would love to see more… nut milk is my lastest interest (made rice milk and accompanying grits from an earlier post, how lovely) but whatever you have to teach i’ll be happy to absorb! thanks for your beautiful blog.

  10. Chef Shellie Kark

    I love what you are doing here Sarah! I am Chef Shellie kark from KitchenCUE and we too encourage people to take back their helath and cook for themselves by learning basic techniqies and being creative! Check us out at and perhaps we can work together some day soon!
    Be well,
    Chef Shellie

  11. Jennifer

    Well, I just love it. Love the music, your socks, your salt cellar and especially the pot. And I just discovered your blog, so I’ve got a lot of reading ahead of me!

    Some ideas for videos: crepes, tortilla espaΓ±ola (things that require flipping freak people out usually), poaching eggs, and a chopped salad would be fun.


    Jennifer @ Whisk It Good

  12. lina

    what a great place you have here! i saw this video on sarah mcneil’s blog this morning & it inspired me to dig out the quinoa from the pantry & make some! i really do love this video & hope that you make more! i posted it on my blog. so glad to have found this little gem of a blog!
    peace, lina

  13. Eddie Hopper

    I confess. I never. Never. Ever. watch videos my friends post on FB. But because I have not had luck with my quinoa in the past, I decided to take a look.
    I am converted. I will watch YOUR videos.
    Short. Beautiful. Informational. Entertaining.
    Thank you!

  14. Karina

    This was so lovely to watch! Lovely and informative… you really can’t beat that. It would be great to see one on making jams, or even canning if you’re into that.

    Thank you for the beautiful blog!!

  15. Anonymous


    Could we have on on green monster smoothies and how-to-cook-lentils-that-aren’t-soggy-and-bland?

    Love your blog. Thanks so much!

  16. Khinna

    I just shared this on fb, and recieved rave reviews. I’m looking forward to more cooking how-to videos. Very brilliant, indeed.

  17. Zita

    Great video Sarah! I love it! πŸ™‚ Especially the fun part…

    In the future I would like to see how to make almond butter and granola and nut milk. Looking forward to your next video.

  18. hillary

    oh my! this video is just fabulous! truly great food porn. i keep find myself watching the quinoa being poured into the measuring cup on repeat

  19. Heather

    Your blog is fabulous! I use quinoa often too and make it in a rice cooker…so easy! Really great photos as well! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  20. sattchell

    your video screams “cooking is fun, easy, anyone can do it, and great results guaranteed!”. thank you for such a playful video and very useful! i cook quinoa all the time, but a lot of my friends don’t know how to cook it. will definitely forward it to them.

  21. JWK

    LOOOOOVE IT!!!! I’ve always wanted to try Quinoa…definitely getting it at the grocery store tomorrow!! I’d love to make my own granola too πŸ™‚

  22. C.C

    Hey! Like your blog, keep the good work up! I’m in to the same healthy enlightened path as you πŸ˜‰ , check out!

  23. Sara

    Someone linked to you on Twitter and I just have to say, this is my first time here and I’m in LOVE! This video was perfect and I think your idea of short concise videos is PERFECT!!

    I’ve added you to my reader instantly! Cheers!

  24. Eline

    I can watch it over and over.. it is so happy, healthy, calming and beautiful! Just like cooking should be πŸ™‚

  25. Anonymous

    The best kind of cooking videos are the ones that are simple, concise and enjoyable to watch! Well done!

    Maybe start with the basic/staple recipes everyone should know how to make? How to cook beans, lentils, etc.

    Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

  26. Anonymous

    super super super inspired. thank you and btw i made this and added tiny chunks of roasted beets along with a splash of white balsamic vinegar…to my mouth’s delight.

  27. Kristina

    Just popped over to your blog via the City Sage and I’m super impressed by the video! The blurs, the focusing, all appropriate for titles and tasks, the calming music, the perfectly edited frames – loved every bit of it! Keep up the great work and I’ll definitely be checking in again! <3

  28. Beth

    i love your video! i love how there’s no talking πŸ˜‰ and i am digging how you put it all together! i look forward to more πŸ™‚

  29. Kate

    Sarah- another lovely addition to your already delicious and delightful repertoire.

    You continue to amaze me with this site.

    Really happy for you my dear!


  30. Monique Cannell

    love the scandanavian simplicity and naturaleness (is that a word!) to your video. Would love to see one made of how to make RICE MILK PLEASE!

    Your blog is my favourite : )

  31. Anonymous

    Watching this was almost like yoga, very simple, pleasing, relaxing and inspiring. I can’t wait to see more.

  32. Dahlia

    Great video Sarah!!
    So cute and nicely editted!
    I would love to see one about making bread if possible! Also, I wanted to make your black quinoa corn muffins but I can’t find chia anywhere in my bubble of mtl! I’ll have to try to look for it again when I get back to toronto! Hope all is well!!

  33. Anonymous

    incredible! Love it all: the music, the visuals, the fun. and its easy to understand without the need for words! Can’t wait for more πŸ™‚

  34. Anonymous

    Love it, I will definitely cook quinoa now!

    How to cook healthy granola or porridge would be great.

    Obrigada πŸ˜‰


  35. josephine

    Love your recipes and photos!

    I would love to see a short video on how to make kale chips. Everyone says they’re easy to make, but I’ve managed to mess them up three times and have given up.


  36. Anonymous

    This was great, Sarah! I love your blog and it is so fantastic that you want your readers to be fearless when cooking some of the most intimidating foods!

    I vote for: homemade milk, nut butters, beans, how to prepare vegetables for cooking (think beets, artichoke hears, the difficult ones), and cashew cheese or another similar food.

    Keep it up!!!

  37. svl

    First time visitor, but I love love LOVE the video. Super easy, very accessible, and showed me everything I needed to know.

    I’m seriously going to go make some quinoa this week.


  38. Sarah B

    Um, wow.

    I am so overwhelmed by your responses, for once, I am nearly speechless πŸ˜‰

    Thank you all SO MUCH for your outpouring of love and support! This has given me such a boost and my team and I are totally inspired to begin the next video very soon!
    I also really appreciate all the advice and suggestions – I am taking them all into consideration.

    Heaps of love and light to you all.

    In gratitude,
    Sarah B.

  39. Jane

    i’m so in love with this, i could scream. this is brilliant and i’m so into you doing mini videos. absolutely brilliant and helpful and beautiful. you’re my number 1 favorite blog. not just saying that.

  40. Mimi

    Hi Sarah!
    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this video. The filming was done so beautifully and creatively and of course so simple too. I think you are onto something. HOWEVER, I think you should get a Youtube channel and also post all of your cooking videos on Youtube, because Youtube will get SOOO much more traffic and subscribers for you. and you can post videos in HQ. Believe me, because that’s how me and my sis started our business- just posting our videos on Youtube. So yeah…I can’t wait to see more of your videos and I think you are awesome!


  41. Sasha

    this is charming!

    i love the idea of videos for cooking staples. some recipes/foods that i would love to see transformed into videos would be yogurt, ghee, rice/nut milks, other grains (perhaps less common ones), sprouts, breads and flours.


  42. Val

    One of the best cooking shows I’ve ever seen, and I watch a lot of cooking shows, trust me. It’s just so darn cute and cleverly put together. Love it! I’d like to see one on nut milk, like you suggested. It sounds interesting, especially since people mostly buy that sort of thing at the health food store or elsewhere.

  43. srbrown6

    What a wonderful video! You did such a nice job with it! For a beginner cook like me, I would really get a lot out of these little videos and tutorials. I would love to see one on how to make oat-ghurt.

  44. Maria

    It’s that kind of a feel-good clip I could watch over and over again πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing this Sarah and keep on the good work! x

  45. Goodenough Mama

    I just stumbled across this little movie and I think it is the most beautiful, non-annoying and pleasant and succinct thing I have every seen on a blog! The photography was gorgeous, Kudos!!


  46. Rachel

    Love it! It’s the perfect length. It makes you excited to cook quinoa. It’s perfect for visual learners (like me). And best of all it’s so CUTE! More, please!

  47. Golubka

    How wonderful! This is everything a typical cooking video is not…and I love it for that. Great idea. Good luck to you with this series!

  48. Anonymous

    loved it!

    that’s seriously the way to go!

    maybe one on juicing would be nice, including some ideas on what to do with the juice pulp

  49. Nicole Angela

    love love love love it!
    it’s freash! exciting, funny, cute, clear, creative, stimlating and like no other.. man so excited to see more!

    keep going magic lady!


  50. Laura.R

    Love love love it. Videos of ANY of those basics would be awesome, in this style. So simple and beautiful! Much like your deeelicious recipes, I might add.

    Thanks for it!

  51. Eva @ Four Leaf Clover

    This video is awesome! A few people asked me “what’s quinoa?” when I posted a recipe a while back so this video is perfect. I’m so glad you gave permission to share this because I am 100% on board and, as soon as I saw the title of this post, I knew I’d want to share it on my own blog. Definitely keep doing these about anything at all. As long as it’s vegan and tasty, I’ll be watching and smiling.

  52. Sophie

    Juste great! I’m a french follower of your blog, never left any comment (though I really like your joyful ideas and recipes πŸ™‚ )
    Love the quick, colorful poetic aspect of your video! Plus, I love Quinoa…”Miam” (French Yummy)
    I am actually trying to change the way I feed myself, and quinoa has always been a basic friend for me to do so. One central idea of your blog is a key for this “personal quest” of mine;Treat your food as you’d treat yourself – simplicity, joy, and spirit.

    So: Thanks for your beautiful blog!!!
    (which also helps me to keep up on my long-gone-English)

  53. VeganLisa

    All kinds of awesome. I would be happy to help spread the word too!
    I think a collection of staple recipes including all the ones you listed plus: cooking dry beans, tempeh, socca, etc.

    I’m looking forward to watching, dancing and sharing this great resource.
    Thanks Sarah!

  54. Birgit

    Looking good! Could you do one about rice? I suck at cooking rice.

    I really like your blog and your recipes, and I was wondering if you could make an overview of your recipes (including links). Now I have to search your entire blog every time, and the labels on the right aren’t really helpful. As you said yourself, we’re all busy people, so this would be really helpful.

    Looking forward to more!

  55. Elenore (E)

    Great informative Pretty and Fun!
    I think you accomplished all you wanted<3 Nice to have someone to hold the camera:) I tried on my one once. Woosh, the work!

    Splendid blog overall by the way!
    How did you end up in Denmark? I always wondered..


  56. etre-soi

    love it, this is all that I like…especially lved the fun for 20 minutes πŸ™‚
    Please make more of these…I would love to see the granola one.

  57. Monifah

    Wow!! Love the video, very clear, very beautiful and even my 5 yr old understood ;o). He especially loved your socks, haha.. So he is off to cook me some quinoa ;o). I really don’t care which recipe you film, they are all going to be a pleasure to watch, prepare and eat! Off to Istedgade now to get me some chickpea flour, the ‘make your own flour’-project didn’t really do it for me (lazy me..)

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