Basic Quinoa Recipe

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) • Points +: 4 pts • Smart Points: 4
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


    Wash quinoa and add to a medium saucepan. Add water or broth, salt and boil, covered for 15 minutes or until all the water has absorbed. You will know when they are cooked when they are fluffy and you see a small thread. Fluff with a fork and it will be ready to use for other recipes. You can store it in the refrigerator for 3 or 4 days and reheat in the microwave.

    1 cup cooked quinoa = 4 ww