How to Prepare Quinoa? Fluffy And Tasty
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  • Food: Quinoa

  • Writer: Alice

  • Content-Type: Food Blog

Learn how to cook perfect quinoa every time with my tried & true method.

Then, use it in bowls, salads, or one of my 17 favorite quinoa recipes below!

Back-to-school time is also food preparation time for many of you. Having meals prepared and ready to go in the fridge can come in handy when you settle into a new schedule at work, home, or school.

One of my go-to meal preparation suggestions is having a cooked grain on hand to add to bowls or salads. One of my all-time favorite foods is quinoa, which cooks quickly and is quite healthful. It also goes great with a variety of cuisines.

While each person has their preferred method for cooking quinoa, I’ve been using this one for years, and the results are consistently excellent.

However, they are not mushy. The grains are light, fluffy, and soft. Prepare a vast quantity and store it in the fridge for simple lunches and dinners to get a good start on the upcoming week! Later you’ll be grateful to yourself.


Food: Quinoa
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Even though I frequently confuse quinoa with other grains like millet, farro, and rice, it is a South American seed that resembles grains. It’s nutritious as well as has a lovely nutty flavor.

Compared to 5 grams of brown rice, 1 cup of quinoa has nearly 8 grams of protein. Additionally, it’s an excellent source of vitamins and minerals including copper, magnesium, and manganese.

More information on quinoa’s advantages for your health can be found here, but the key line is that including even a tiny quantity of it in your diet may be beneficial.

It comes in a range of hues, including black, red, white, and combinations of all three, but they all cook in the same way. If you’re trying it for the first time, I suggest starting with white before moving on to red or black because lighter kinds have a milder flavor.

And one last thing before you start cooking: It is covered in saponins, which are organic pesticides.

Make sure to rinse them in a fine-mesh strainer before adding them to the heat because it can give the grain a bitter flavor and make it challenging to digest. You can start cooking after rinsing it.


I use salt and oil to cook rice, but this recipe is far easier to prepare. Quinoa and water are all you need! There are a variety of water ratios when you look at the various quinoa cooking techniques.

The water-to-grain ratio can range from as high as 2:1 in some recipes to as low as 1 1/2:1 in others. In my opinion, the middle is the ideal location for fluffy, light quinoa.

For every cup of quinoa, I use 1 and 3/4 cups of water. It becomes mushy if you add any more water. Anything less makes it overly dry.

After measuring each, take these quick actions:

  1. In a medium pot, mix the quinoa and water. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and cover. 15 minutes of simmering.
  2. After turning off the heat, leave the pot covered for an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the lid after that, and fluff it with a fork.

Your quinoa is now fluffy and well-cooked, but it is bland on its own. Season it first if you’re serving it as a straightforward side dish.

Add some olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon or lime juice, at the absolute least. Use it in one of the dishes below, or add chopped herbs, minced garlic, roasted almonds, or crumbled feta cheese to it to take it to the next level!


There are countless ways to use quinoa once you’ve produced a batch. Put it in a salad, put it into squash or sweet potato, or use it as the foundation of your next grain bowl.

It works well with both savory and sweet flavors, and it also works well in soups and wraps. In the morning, try topping it with cinnamon and fruit, or incorporate it into a batch of breakfast cookies! To get you started, here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Cinnamon Spiced Breakfast Bowl
  2. Carrot Breakfast Cookies
  3. Vegan Seven-Layer Dip
  4. Kale Quesadillas
  5. Tomato & Kale Salad Wrap
  6. Best Black Bean Burger
  7. Big Green Kale Salad
  8. Broccoli Pesto Quinoa Salad
  9. Kale Pesto Mushroom Bowl
  10. Roasted Veggie Grain Bowl
  11. Simple Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl
  12. Taco Bowl with Jalapeño Ranch
  13. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  14. Butternut Squash & Kale Stew
  15. White Bean Risotto with Roasted Vegetables
  16. Spinach Salad Stuffed Acorn Squash
  17. Avocado Black Bean Stuffed Acorn Squash


Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 27 mins
Serves: 4


  • 1 cup quinoarinsed
  • 1 3/4 cups water


Fluffy And Tasty Quinoa
Food: Fluffy And Tasty Quinoa
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  1. In a medium pot, mix the quinoa and water. Boil for a few minutes, then turn the heat down, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. After 10 more minutes, turn off the heat and cover the dish.
  3. Use a fork to fluff.