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How To Cook Quinoa

17 September, 2015

If you are new to cooking quinoa you may find that it can sometimes end up a little bit soggy and tasteless, if so these simple steps should help you create the fluffy quinoa you’ve been dreaming of!

Foolproof quinoa cooking step-by-step instructions

  1. As with all dried foods rinse the quinoa first using a very fine strainer until the water runs clear
  2. Measure out 1 cup of quinoa and place in large saucepan
  3. Measure out 2 cups of water and place in the pan with the quinoa
  4. Bring the water to boil
  5. Once water is boiled, turn down the heat to a low simmer and cover with a lid
  6. Leave the quinoa to cook for 10 minutes – do not stir, leave it alone
  7. When the 10 minutes is up check on how much water is left, you can stir a little at this point– keep an eye on it until the water has completely evaporated- keep the lid on
  8. Remove from heat and fluff up with a fork

Benefits to choosing quinoa: low sugar, low fat, whole food (not processed), a seed (making it Paleo friendly), a complex carbohydrate (keeping you fuller for longer)

My Simple Quinoa Salad Recipe

Serves 4


  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 3 spring onions
  • ½ red cabbage
  • ¼ cup of pine nuts
  • ¼ cup of chilli oil
  • Himalayan Rock salt and ground black pepper for seasoning


  • Prepare 1 cup of quinoa (using the steps above)
  • Thinly slice all the vegetables and mix together in a large bowl
  • Lightly toast the pine nuts in a frying pan for a couple of minutes and then add to the vegetables
  • Add the cooked quinoa to the vegetables
  • Pour over the chilli oil, season with the salt and pepper and stir well – until all is covered in the oil.Serve and enjoy.This can be used as a quick main meal, side dish and eaten cold the next day for a salad lunch.Gluten, dairy and sugar free recipe.

If you would like to learn how to cook more meals but lack the confidence in the kitchen, contact me and we can arrange a cooking class at heidi@heidijonescoaching.com


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