Perfect Pressure Cooker Quinoa in an Instant Pot®- visit – Instantly Delicious

There are many recipes for quinoa prepared in an Instant Pot® pressure cooker. ​After much experimentation, I am going to share what works best for me.  First, let me tell you a bit more about this little powerhouse seed.  Everything I know about quinoa, I learned from my friend Kim of Welcoming Kitchen. She wrote a cookbook called Super Seeds which contains a wealth of information and recipes for quinoa and four other seeds. Quinoa is rich in protein, fiber, and omega 3s to name a few. I love using it as the base of my lunch bowls.  It is wonderful in soups and since it is gluten-free and is a nice substitute for pasta (quinoa mac and cheese is delicious).
Perfect Pressure Cooker Quinoa in an Instant Pot® -

To make a bowl, I combine 1/2 cup of prepared quinoa, 1/2 cup of baby greens, 1/4 sliced avocado, roasted sweet potatoes, a handful of almonds, and a handful of quartered baby roma tomatoes.  I toss with a simple lemon and olive oil dressing, using salt and pepper to taste.  It is one of my favorite lunches, and I change up the ingredients and dressing depending on what I have in the fridge.  I like to prepare the ingredients early in the week, so I have all of the components to make my healthy weekday lunch easy to put together.
Basic Quinoa in an Instant Pot®
Makes 3 cups cooked quinoa


1 cup quinoa, rinsed.
​1 1/2 cups water
​1/4 teaspoon of salt


Place rinsed quinoa, salt, and water into the Instant Pot®. Set it to manual-high pressure, adjusting the time to 6 minutes.  Make sure the valve is set to sealing.  When finished, do a quick pressure release, by setting the valve to venting.  When safe to open, fluff with fork.  Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 5 days.



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