31-Day Healthy Meal Plan Our 31-day calendar of meals and tips shows you how to cook more and love it with fun, family-friendly meals that come together quickly and deliciously. Hi guys! I'm Alyssa and welcome to the Simply Quinoa cooking channel. Thanks for stopping by! Here you'll find healthy, gluten-free recipes all with a little quinoa twist. Learn How to Make Quinoa perfect every time with these simple directions. Plus here's 21 Easy Quinoa Recipes you'll want to make time and time again! Quinoa is quick and easy to make and it's delicious hot or cold. Learn how to cook quinoa on the stove top so it turns out perfectly fluffy every time. WHAT IS QUINOA Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a gluten-free seed that's high in plant protein. Learn how to make quinoa on the stovetop, in the rice cooker, and in the Instant Pot. Plus, get expert cooking tips and healthy recipes for quinoa salads, bowls, and more. To cook quinoa in the microwave, follow this step-by-step. Rinse quinoa and combine with 2 cups water in a microwave-safe bowl. Partially cover with a lid (a plate works fine too) and cook for 6 minutes. We love this diminutive grain for its gentle nutty flavor, speedy preparation time, and exceptional nutritional profile. Whether you choose white, red, black, or a rainbow blend, our basic recipe turns out perfectly cooked quinoa every time. Bingo! Here’s the trick for perfectly fluffy quinoa: Use twice as much water as quinoa, as usual, then cook uncovered until the quinoa has absorbed all the water. The cooking time will vary based on quantity. Once the water is all absorbed, remove the pot from heat, cover it and let the quinoa steam for 5 minutes. I’ve read that there are 1,800 (!) varieties of quinoa, but there are three main types found in markets in the U.S.: white, red, and black. White quinoa has the most neutral, easy-to-love flavor — start with this one if you’ve never tried quinoa before. Quinoa is the healthy wonder grain we can't get enough of-- we even eat it for breakfast! Learn how to cook quinoa with over 360 recipes complete with nutrition information.