Quinoa has earned its reputation as a superfood for good reason. Packed with protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals, this ancient grain is not only nutritious but also incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Whether you’re a seasoned quinoa enthusiast or just starting to incorporate it into your diet, this easy quinoa recipe is sure to become a staple in your meal rotation.


The Best and Healthy Easy Quinoa Recipe

Recipe By Espreson
Course: Breakfast Cusine:All Country Difficulty:Easy


4 minutes

Preparing Time

9 minutes

Cooking Time

25 minutes


493 kcal


  1. 1 cup quinoa

  2. 2 cups water or vegetable broth

  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil or oil of your choice

  4. 1 small onion, finely chopped

  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced

  6. 1 bell pepper, diced (any colour)

  7. 1 zucchini, diced

  8. 1/2 cup tomatoes, halved

  9. 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  10. 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  11. Salt and pepper to taste

  12. Fresh herbs (such as parsley or cilantro) for garnish (optional)


  1. Rinse the Quinoa

    Start by rinsing the quinoa under cold water in a fine-mesh sieve. This helps remove any bitter coating called saponin.

  2. Cook the Quinoa

    In a medium saucepan, combine the rinsed quinoa and water or vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is cooked and the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let it sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and set aside.

  3. Sauté the Vegetables

    While the quinoa is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until softened and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.

  4. Add Bell Pepper and Zucchini

    Stir in the diced bell pepper and zucchini, and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender but still crisp.

  5. Season the Vegetables

    Add the cherry tomatoes, ground cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Stir well to combine, and cook for another 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.

  6. Combine Quinoa and Vegetables:

    Add the cooked quinoa to the skillet with the sautéed vegetables. Stir gently until everything is evenly combined and heated through.

  7. Serve

    Transfer the quinoa and vegetable mixture to serving plates or bowls. Garnish with fresh herbs, if desired, and serve hot.


    Feel free to customize this recipe by adding your favourite vegetables or protein sources, such as chickpeas, spinach, mushrooms, or grilled chicken.


  • For extra flavour, you can cook the quinoa in vegetable broth instead of water.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Simply reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop before serving.

This easy quinoa recipe is not only delicious and satisfying but also packed with nutrients to fuel your body. Whether you enjoy it as a main dish or a flavourful side, it’s sure to become a go-to meal in your repertoire. Give it a try and experience the wholesome goodness of quinoa for yourself!