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Updated: May 21, 2021

Quinoa is super easy to prepare and is a wonderful staple with its fluffy texture and slightly nutty flavour. It is so versatile, it can be eaten on its own, served as an accompaniment to main meals, used in salads, added to soups etc.

Serves 4


2 cups quinoa

Approximately 750ml water (double the volume of quinoa)

(so, in simple terms - 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water)

Add 1 tsp vegetable stock (marigold) to add more flavour


  • Wash and rinse the quinoa thoroughly (to remove the bitter taste).

  • Place in a pan, cover with the water and bring to the boil. Turn down and simmer for 15 minutes (the grains will double in size).

  • Drain and it is now ready for use.

* Cook a big batch and keep in the fridge. Use within 4-5 days.

** For an even more nutty texture, dry fry the quinoa in a non-stick pan first before putting into the water to cook.

*** Whilst it does contain protein, it’s not as much as people are led to believe (5 g protein per cup of cooked quinoa) and it actually provides more carbohydrates per serving (approx. 20 g per cup of cooked quinoa).

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