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How To Cook & Season Quinoa: 3 Recipes

Learn how to cook quinoa perfectly, and try 3 simple but delicious ways to add flavour!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword quinoa
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 cups cooked quinoa

Ingredients

Turmeric Cumin + Parsley Quinoa:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed + drained
  • 1.75 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric, ground
  • 1/2 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt + pepper to taste

Lemon Garlic + Basil Quinoa:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed + drained
  • 1.75 cups water
  • 1/2 a lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt + pepper to taste

Coconut Ginger + Lime Quinoa:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed + drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp shredded coconut (optional)
  • Salt + pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Start each recipe by rinsing dry quinoa in a sieve. Drain well and add to a medium-sized saucepan.
  • For the Turmeric Cumin Quinoa: bring water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, cover quinoa with a lid and lower heat to a simmer. Let quinoa cook for 15 minutes, until water is absorbed. Remove from heat, and leave covered for 5 minutes to let the quinoa steam. Remove cover + add all ingredients, being sure to stir everything together well. The quinoa should become a nice yellow colour from the turmeric! Adjust seasonings to taste, as desired.
  • For the Lemon Basil Quinoa: bring water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, cover quinoa with a lid and lower heat to a simmer. Let quinoa cook for 15 minutes, until water is absorbed. Remove from heat, and leave covered for 5 minutes to let the quinoa steam. Remove cover + add all ingredients, being sure to stir everything together well. Adjust seasonings to taste, as desired.
  • For the Coconut Ginger Lime Quinoa: add water and coconut milk to saucepan with quinoa. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, cover quinoa with a lid and lower heat to a simmer. Let quinoa cook for 15 minutes, until water is absorbed. Remove from heat, and leave covered for 5 minutes to let the quinoa steam. Remove cover + add all ingredients, being sure to stir everything together well. The coconut oil will melt when combined with the hot quinoa! Adjust seasonings to taste, as desired.

Notes

*Each recipe will yield about 3 cups of cooked quinoa.
*Enjoy cooked quinoa as a side dish to protein and veggies. Or, use quinoa in things like stir-fries, buddha bowls, salads, stuffed peppers, burritos, and more!
*Cooked quinoa will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
*Do note that the coconut quinoa will need to be heated up, and cannot be enjoyed cold like the others. The reason for this is because the fats in the coconut oil harden at room temperature!