Basic Quinoa

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  • Nutritional Interest: Clean Eating, Dairy Free, Family Challenge Approved, Gluten Free, Low Sugar > 5g, Nut Free, The 30 Clean Approved, V Clean Challenge Approved, Vegan, Vegetarian
This foolproof recipe for perfectly cooked quinoa is fast and easy! Use cooked quinoa as a simple healthy side dish, in a salad or as a base for a delicious main dish.

Precooked quinoa keeps well in the fridge or freezer, so you can make extra ahead to serve later. Before storing, toss it with a little olive oil to keep it from clumping.

Yields approximately six 1/2 cup servings.
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How to Make:

  1. Place the quinoa into a fine mesh strainer, and then rinse thoroughly with cold water for a couple minutes. This removes any bitterness from the outer coating.
  2. Add the rinsed quinoa and water {or broth} to a medium-size pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. When done, turn off the heat and let the quinoa sit for a few minutes, covered. This steams the quinoa just a bit more.
  4. Uncover and fluff with a fork.


If theres any liquid left in the bottom of the pan or if the quinoa is still a bit crunchy, return the pot to low heat and cook, covered, for a few more minutes, until all the water has been absorbed.

Nutrition Facts
Basic Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 86mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 5g 10%
Calcium 1%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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