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Instant Pot Quinoa Recipe: Simple & Nutritious

Written by: Emily Smith

This Instant Pot Quinoa Delight is my go-to for a quick, nutritious side. Just rinse, cook, and fluff! It's foolproof, tasty, and ready in a snap. Perfect for busy weeknights!

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I've got this easy, healthy, and downright tasty quinoa dish that's a cinch to whip up in an Instant Pot. Imagine fluffy, nutty quinoa cooked to perfection, versatile enough to pair with just about anything. Trust me, once you try cooking quinoa in an Instant Pot, you'll never go back to the stovetop method!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Quinoa Delight

  • Quinoa: Nutritious whole grain, adds texture and protein, cooks quickly, perfect base for a variety of dishes.
  • Water or vegetable broth: Provides moisture and flavor, essential for cooking the quinoa to perfection.

Essential Tools for Making This Quinoa Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Speeds up cooking process by using high pressure to cook the quinoa quickly and efficiently.
  • Fine-mesh strainer: Essential for rinsing the quinoa to remove any bitterness and impurities before cooking.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 1 minute

Total time: 6 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/4 cups water or vegetable broth
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Rinse the quinoa under cold water in a fine-mesh strainer.
  2. Add the rinsed quinoa, water or broth, and salt to the Instant Pot.
  3. Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 1 minute.
  4. Allow natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
  5. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and serve.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 222 kcal | Carbohydrates: 39 g | Protein: 8 g | Total Fat: 3.5 g | Saturated Fat: 0.4 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.7 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.7 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 5 mg | Dietary Fiber: 3.5 g | Sugar: 0.5 g | Calcium: 30 mg | Potassium: 318 mg | Iron: 2.8 mg | Vitamin A: 0 µg | Vitamin C: 0 mg

Can You Make Instant Pot Quinoa Delight Ahead of Time?

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the quinoa according to the recipe instructions.
  • Allow the quinoa to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the quinoa according to the recipe instructions.
  • Allow the quinoa to cool completely.
  • Place in a freezer-safe container or bag, removing as much air as possible.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Toasting the quinoa before cooking in the Instant Pot can enhance its nutty flavor and give it a slightly crunchy texture.

Common Questions About This Quinoa Instant Pot Recipe

FAQ:
How long does it take to cook quinoa in the instant pot?
Quinoa cooks in the instant pot in just 1 minute on high pressure.
Can I use vegetable broth instead of water for cooking quinoa?
Yes, you can use vegetable broth instead of water for added flavor.
Do I need to rinse the quinoa before cooking it in the instant pot?
It's recommended to rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness.
How do I know when the quinoa is done cooking in the instant pot?
After cooking for 1 minute on high pressure, allow natural pressure release for 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
Can I add any seasonings or herbs to the quinoa while cooking?
You can add seasonings or herbs to the quinoa before cooking to enhance the flavor.

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