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Easy Quinoa

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 15 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 10 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 3 ingredients

Often referred to as a grain, quinoa is actually a seed that, unlike most carbohydrates, can boast having complete protein as well as being rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Complete protein aside, it has...


  • 2 cups white, red, or black quinoa
  • 4 cups water
  • Pinch of salt
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Nutrition Facts


125 cals


2 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1 g

Monounsaturated Fat

1 g


22 g


0 g


2 g


5 g


20 mg


  1. In a fine sieve, rinse the quinoa a few times. Drain well.
  2. In a thick-bottomed pot, bring the washed quinoa and water to a boil with a pinch of salt. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes, or until the spiral around the quinoa seed has come loose and the quinoa is tender but still chewy. If there is any remaining water, drain it off.

Chef Tips

If quinoa is unfamiliar to you, don’t be afraid to try it. Once you see how easy it is to make, it will be a constant in your pantry.

Registered Dietitian Approved

Our recipes, articles, and videos are reviewed by our oncology-trained dietitians to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and follows the guidelines set by the Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice, 2nd Ed., published by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, a professional interest group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Institute for Cancer Research and the American Cancer Society