WW Recipe of the Day: InstantPot Quinoa
(104 calories | *3 WW SmartPoints)
If you’re too busy and don’t have time to watch over Stovetop Quinoa, you can make perfect quinoa easily and effortlessly in the InstantPot Pressure Cooker.
Each and every time with no mess, no fuss, no boiling over!
How Many Calories and WW Points in InstantPot Quinoa?
According to my calculations, each 1/2-cup serving has 104 calories, *3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
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How to Make Quinoa in the InstantPot
Step 1: Gather and prepare all ingredients.
Step 2: Add the quinoa, salt, water and lime zest/juice (if using) to the InstantPot.
Step 3: Close and lock the lid in sealed position.
Press Manual button and then use the +/- buttons to select 1 minute pressure cooking time.
Step 4: When the time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.
Step 5: Fluff quinoa with a fork and enjoy warm, at room temperature or chilled.
Step 6: Makes 6, 1/2-cup servings.
Instantpot Pressure Cooker Quinoa Recipe Notes
To help prevent your pressure cooker quinoa from getting mushy, be sure to measure the liquid to quinoa ratio accurately.
Quinoa Serving Suggestions
Enjoy your quinoa as you would rice—plain or mixed with other ingredients like grilled or roasted vegetables, chicken, pork, beef, etc. It also makes a great addition to soups and salads—providing a nice protein boost.
Ways to Use Leftover Quinoa
Leftover cooked quinoa can make a nice addition to your favorite soups, stews, chilis, meatloaf, burritos, tacos, salads—just about anything!
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- 1 cup quinoa, thorougly rinsed
- 1 pinch salt
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 1 lime, zested and squeezed (optional, but highly recommended)
- Add the quinoa, salt, water and lime zest/juice (if using) to the InstantPot.
- Close and lock the lid in sealed position. Press Manual button and then use the +/- buttons to select 1 minute pressure cooking time.
- When the time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.
- Fluff quinoa with a fork and enjoy warm, at room temperature or chilled.
- Makes 6, 1/2-cup servings.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
If you like this easy InstantPot Quinoa, you might also like
- Stovetop Quinoa
- Vegetarian Greek Quinoa Salad
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- Southwestern Quinoa and Black Bean Skillet
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