Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is a protein packed ancient seed from South America, similar to the texture of brown rice when cooked with a nutty flavor. It contains all 9 essential amino acids, lysine, phosphorous, copper, iron and magnesium and it is easy to make. It's not truly a grain, it's actually a relative of spinach.
It is recommended that you soak and rinse the seeds well before cooking. Once cooked the seeds expand about 4 times their original size, so 1 cup of uncooked quinoa seeds yields approximately 4 cups cooked quinoa. Preparation is simple, 1 cup quinoa, 2 cups water or broth and is done in about 15 minutes.
Basic Quinoa Recipe
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 cup (cooked) • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 172.0 • Fat: 2.8 g • Protein: 6.0 g • Carb: 31.0 g • Fiber: 3.0 g
Sodium: 3.4 mg (without salt)
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water (or broth)
- salt to taste
1 cup cooked quinoa = 4 ww