Basic Quinoa Recipe

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A bowl of cooked quinoa

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.

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Basic Quinoa Recipe

172 Cals 6 Protein 31 Carbs 2.8 Fats
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Side Dish
CUISINE: American


  • 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


Serving: 1cup (cooked), Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 2.8g, Sodium: 3.4mg, Fiber: 3g
Blue Smart Points: 4
Green Smart Points: 4
Purple Smart Points: 0
Points +: 4
Keywords: Gluten Free, Vegetarian Meals