This Simple Quinoa Recipe is Full of Flavor

This simple quinoa recipe is incredibly easy to make.

Just four ingredients and twenty minutes are all you need to make this healthy, flavorful side dish that’s perfect for Buddha bowls, Asian dishes and so much more.

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Why Have Quinoa?

Quinoa is among the top vegan sources of protein.

When cooked, it can provide four grams of protein per 100 grams (1/2 cup) of the seeds. At least, that’s according to the USDA Food Data Central. 100 grams also provides 120 Calories.

Besides protein, cooked quinoa is a great source of manganese and phosphorous. And it’s a good source of fiber and some minerals like iron, zinc and magnesium. 

So, quinoa is a healthy alternative to refined grains, rice, and potatoes. It’s more filling too due to its protein content.

Prepping Your Quinoa

Before we get to prepping, be sure you pick up organic options at the store. Quinoa is not strained and rinsed after cooking, so it’s less likely to remove any heavy metals or pesticide residue from the dish. So, it’s important to purchase organic products that contain less harmful chemicals.

As for prepping, you should rinse your quinoa before cooking. The seeds have this protective coating called saponin which has a bitter taste. Usually, it is sold prewashed but you should still rinse it a couple times before cooking.

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Simple Quinoa Recipe

For this recipe, you’ll need quinoa, cardamom, clove, cinnamon and a little oil (I used coconut oil).

Ingredients for simple quinoa recipe

To a small pot, add the oil and spices. Stir for 2 minutes to prevent the spices from burning.

Cooking spices for quinoa

Mix in your rinsed quinoa to evenly coat the seeds with the oil.

Adding quinoa to spices

Add water to the quinoa (a two to one ratio works good for me). Bring to a boil, then cover and turn down the heat.  

Adding water to quinoa

After 7 minutes, give the quinoa a stir to make sure it isn’t burning. Cover and let cook for another 7 minutes.

That’s it! Such a simple quinoa recipe. And the spices really do add so much flavor. Also, if you want more flavor, use more spices!

Cooked quinoa

Remove the cardamom and serve.

You should know, 1 cup of uncooked quinoa yields about 3 cups of cooked quinoa (it really absorbs all that water!).

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Simple Quinoa Recipe

Simple Quinoa Recipe

This simple quinoa recipe is a flavorful, healthy, vegan side dish that's perfect as a side, especially with Asian flavors.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: quinoa
Servings: 6


  • 1 cup quinoa (rinsed)
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 3 clove buds
  • 1 piece cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tbsp oil


  • Wash the quinoa.
  • In a small pot, add oil and spices.
  • Cook for 2 minutes. Stir to prevent the cardamom from burning.
  • Mix in the rinsed quinoa thoroughly.
  • Add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  • Cover and turn down the heat.
  • After 7 minutes, stir to ensure the seeds are not sticking to the base of the pot.
  • Cover and leave for 7 more minutes.
  • Remove spices and serve.

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1 thought on “This Simple Quinoa Recipe is Full of Flavor”

  1. What a cool way to cook quinoa! I’ve never tried it with cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon, but I’m sure it’s delicious 🙂

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