Simple Quinoa Recipe | Vegetarian Recipes | PBS Food

A nutritional powerhouse, quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is technically the seed of an herbaceous flowering plant, not a cereal grass, but its texture, flavor, and uses echo those of many true grains, so it’s generally thought of as a grain.


Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed very well and drained
  • 2 cups filtered or spring water
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube, crumbled


  1. Rinse your quinoa by placing it into a large bowl, covering with cold water, swishing it around with your hands, then draining it in a screened colander. Once the quinoa is placed in the screened colander, run cold water over the quinoa for about 15 seconds.
  2. Place all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  3. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium-low and continue to simmer for 15 to 17 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.
  5. Cover again and remove from heat. Let the quinoa sit for 5 to 7 minutes and serve!
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