Quinoa is an ancient grain known for its nutritious, edible seeds. The seeds are rinsed in water and cooked similarly to rice. When prepared in boiling water on the stovetop, quinoa can be ready in as little as 15 to 20 minutes. It will have a fluffy texture and a mild, nutty flavor once cooked. Easy to incorporate into any dish, quinoa is also naturally gluten free, so it will suit many different types of recipes and dietary needs.