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50 Creative Ways to Eat Quinoa: Healthy Quinoa Recipes

It may no longer be the international year of quinoa (here’s looking at you, 2013!), but it’s safe to say that quinoa mania is still going strong. Whether it’s rolled up in our sushi, baked into our bread, or served in a salad, this nutritious seed seems to be everywhere. And it’s no surprise, considering it’s jam-packed with protein, all nine essential amino acids, and is also high in good-for-you fiber, iron, and manganese. With a subtly nutty flavor and texture that’s somewhere between chewy and fluffy, it’s perfect for all different kinds of cuisines and meal types.

Despite quinoa’s impressive assets, eating bowl after bowl of the stuff is a one-way ticket to Dullsville. Luckily, given the versatility of this mighty little seed, there are plenty of ways to dress it up and build on its flavor. Check out these amazing healthy quinoa recipes for some inspiration!

Breakfast

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1. Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfait
Breakfast that can double as dessert? Sign us up! Quinoa gets the sweet treatment thanks to a cinnamon-y oat crumble and a caramelized apple mixture. Layer the three in between a few dollops of Greek yogurt, and voilà: pure delight in every spoonful.

2. Veggie Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
What breakfast food list would be complete without an egg dish? If you lean toward savory in the AM, this bowl has just what you need to satisfy your sunny-side up craving. Think grated cheese, broccoli, mushrooms, and quinoa—topped with an egg and seasoned to perfection.

3. Quinoa Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup
Though we might have to save it for those “treat yo self” mornings, this decadent dish is definitely not to be missed. Pump up the nutritional value of regular pancakes by adding quinoa and blueberries to the mix (hello, protein and antioxidant megapowers!). Though not light on calories, these made-from-scratch pancakes are packed with good-for-you ingredients.

4. Pumpkin Quinoa Breakfast Cookies
Cookies for breakfast might feel taboo, but these oaty, whole-wheat treats will make you throw out the dessert rulebook—especially since you get a taste of pumpkin, a heart-healthy, immunity-boosting superfood, in every bite.

5. Warm Quinoa and Berry Bowl
With just six ingredients, this breakfast dish only looks—and tastes—gourmet. A berry medley, quinoa, some water, a tad of agave, and some zesty ginger combine for one delicious morning meal.

6. Cranberry Quinoa Muffins
A coffeehouse staple, muffins are often big on size but small on satiety. Quinoa to the rescue! Add some to the mix, and you’ve got the dose of protein you need to keep you full and to help you power through your morning—without worrying about your stomach grumbling an hour later.

7. Guacamole Quinoa with Mango
As you can see, we’ve made it our mission to locate every awesome riff on guacamole, and this protein-packed, tropical recipe is one more take on a long-time fave.

8. Quinoa Scramble
Scrambled eggs, quinoa, and avocado: the main ingredients in this recipe are proof positive that keeping things simple is always a good option.

9. Crispy Gluten-Free Granola Bars with Quinoa
Ditch the store-bought versions and stash these bake-to-take bars in your bag—they’re just the things you need when a 3:00 p.m. snack-attack hits.

10. Cheese and Vegetable Quinoa Bites
The next time you host a party, serve up some of these savory baked bites. These little guys contain cheese, shredded carrots, and fresh spinach (a superfood in its own right), and owe their flavor to garlic and shallots.

11. Crispy Quinoa Bites
Another stellar finger-food option, these bites have a hint of Italian flavor, thanks to fresh basil, garlic, mozzarella cheese, and grape tomatoes. Hey, anything that sounds like pizza is a welcome snack in our books.

12. Roasted Shrimp Quinoa Spring Rolls
Swap out vermicelli noodles, the traditional filling for spring rolls, for nutritious and delicious quinoa. Whip up a super simple dipping sauce (seriously, it only requires four ingredients!), and you’ve got an app that may outshine your main meal.

13. Spicy Quinoa-Crusted Chicken Fingers with Creamy Avocado Dipping Sauce
Think chicken fingers are just for the kid’s menu? Think again! Three standout ingredients—cumin, chili powder, and quinoa—in the crust give this childhood favorite a serious upgrade. And don’t even dare to dip these guys in ketchup; this avocado dipping sauce is what dreams are made of.

14. Black Bean Quinoa Sliders
What’s better than bite-sized burgers? Bite-sized burgers with tons of fiber and protein, flavored with red onions, garlic, cilantro, and some creamy tahini. That’s what!

15. Quinoa Egg Muffins
Though they’re called “muffins,” these baked wonders shouldn’t be confused with the fluffy, bread-y variety. More along the lines of a mini frittata, they pack plenty of protein and a generous serving of your favorite veggies.

Lunch

Photo: Christal/Nutritionist in the Kitch

16. Black Bean and Quinoa Soup
There’s something ultra-comforting about soups in general, but this black bean soup in particular has a way of warming us up (both literally and figuratively). Quinoa’s texture makes it extra hearty—and adds plenty of protein and good-for-you nutrients.

17. The “Zen” Quinoa Bowl
What happens when you pair tons of veggies with egg whites, quinoa, and kicky spices, then top it all off with avocado slices? Something awesome, obviously! This supremely delicious meal can be enjoyed morning, noon, or night.

18. Caprese Quinoa Salad
Super simple and oh-so-tasty, this recipe adds some embellishments (in the form of pine nuts, quinoa, and avocado—all of which we adore) to the Italian classic antipasto.

19. Cranberry, Orange, and Goat Cheese Quinoa Salad
The citrusy, antioxidant-rich combo of oranges and cranberries pairs perfectly with quinoa and creamy goat cheese.

20. Lemon Quinoa Cilantro Chickpea Salad
Is anything more refreshing than lemon paired with cilantro? Apart from lemonade, we doubt it. Add cherry tomatoes, avocado, quinoa, and other goodies, and the result is a salad as pretty as it is delicious.

Photo: Amie/The Healthy Apple

21. Toasted Quinoa Salad with Crunchy Maple Almond Clusters
Sweetened with a little maple syrup and cinnamon, baked almonds add a little extra oomph to an otherwise simple salad. Throw in some toasted quinoa, and garnish with sprouts, fresh basil, and orange zest for a light and refreshing meal.

22. Ribboned Asparagus and Quinoa Salad
Oh, how we love asparagus. Not only is it low-calorie with bone-boosting vitamin K, it also contains hangover-curing superpowers. No wonder it’s a superfood. Instead of enjoying it in spear-form, put the vegetable peeler to work creating thin ribbons. Throw in some quinoa and pine nuts, and top it all off with a splash of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon for a simple but oh-so-satisfying dish.

23. Sweet Potato Quinoa Soup
This chunky soup is brimming with healthy ingredients—and that’s on top of the quinoa. Colorful sweet potatoes are chock-full of vitamin A, beta-carotene, and more superstar nutrients. Truth bomb: a medium sweet potato packs even more potassium than a banana!

24. Quinoa with Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts seem to inspire love ‘em or hate ‘em reactions. That said, we’re fairly certain that, when roasted with garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and dill and paired with almonds, raisins, and—of course—quinoa, even the most adamant haters will enjoy this oft-ignored cruciferous veggie.

25. Broccoli Quinoa Quesadillas
These aren’t the quesadillas from your old college days—though they’re almost as easy to make. The main difference? They contain quinoa and another superfood (and cancer-fighting star), broccoli.

26. Quinoa and Mean Greens Medley
This dish is basically brimming with superfoods—we’re talking four nutritional powerhouses, all packed into one phenomenal meal. The stars of this recipe? Quinoa, kale, spinach, and broccoli. Whether served as a side or enjoyed as an entrée, this dish is one to keep on heavy rotation.

27. Black Bean and Quinoa Salad
Another colorful quinoa combination, this slightly spicy salad is a rock-steady choice for weeknight meals. It’s easy and speedy to pull together—the ideal combo for a post-work cooking session.

Photo: Lauren/The Talking Kitchen

28. Roasted Veggie Quinoa Salad
Time crunch? This one’s for you! Hands down one of the best things about roasting veggies ishow easy it is (just slice, season, and throw ‘emin the oven). Cubed veggies, such as zucchini and bell peppers, turn into a full-on meal when paired with quinoa and topped with a zesty and refreshing dressing.

29. Edamame Quinoa Salad
This colorful salad will help you taste the rainbow—without food coloring—thanks to a mix of bold ingredients: red cabbage, red peppers, pineapple, almonds, and more. Top it all off with chili powder and garlic dressing for a festive finish.

Dinner

Photo: Skinny Ms.

30. Quinoa and Shrimp Paella
One of the most beautiful things about paella? It varies from cook to cook and can be adapted based on your veggie, meat, and even rice preferences. This recipe replaces the rice base with quinoa—an amazing alternative to the traditional Spanish dish. Muy delicioso!

31. Red Quinoa Cakes
Real talk: Sometimes we just can’t say no to something gooey and cheesy. These bad boys, which go a little heavy on the cheddar, are no exception. They look a bit like burger patties, but these cheesy quinoa cakes can be made so that they’re completely vegetarian-friendly—it only takes a simple swap of vegetable broth for chicken broth. (It’s also one of our favorite red quinoa recipes!)

32. Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms
This vegan meal is for meat-eaters and non-meat-eaters alike. Rosemary, garlic, and a balsamic vinegar glaze amps up the umami flavor of the mushrooms. Quinoa and kale keep it super filling.

33. Baked Turkey, Zucchini, and Quinoa Meatballs in Lettuce Wraps
Swapping out bread can be a great opportunity to add more healthful (and gluten-free) ingredients into a dish, and here it’s swapped out twice over: subbing quinoa for breadcrumbs and lettuce for the bun.

34. Porcini Mushroom Quinoa Risotto
Unlike regular risotto, this one skips arborio rice. Instead, quinoa is the base for this completely dairy-free dish. Asparagus, spinach, and two different kinds of mushrooms come together for an earthy-yet-springy flavor.

Photo: Sarah/Making Thyme for My Health

35. Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Casserole
Casseroles might be the ultimate comfort food. They’re warm, filling, and make excellent leftovers. This one has the added benefit of also including quinoa, tons of spinach, and artichoke hearts.

36. Cilantro-Quinoa Turkey Burgers with Garlicky Kale
As if the cilantro, ground turkey, and quinoa combo wasn’t enticing enough, top it all off with a big ol’ heap of kale sautéed to garlicky goodness, wedge it all between two buns, and you’ve got a delicious new take on the standard burger.

37. Quinoa Puttanesca
Yet another twist on an Italian mainstay, this Puttanesca recipe ditches pasta in favor of quinoa and adds another nutritional superstar: spinach! This leafy green is full of vitamins that help protect your vision and boost your bone health.

38. Slow-Cooker Chicken, Quinoa, and Kale Soup
Digging out your slow cooker is so worth it for this soup. With protein-packed quinoa and nutrient-dense kale, this meal’s basically a superfood free-for-all.

39. Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings
Meet your new favorite dish for fall. Nothing says y-u-m like acorn squash filled up with cholesterol-lowering apples, antioxidant-rich cranberries, walnuts (which may help prevent diabetes), and other goodies.

40. Zesty Shrimp and Quinoa
Apart from protein, this dish packs divine flavor from onion, garlic, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and a dash of (optional) hot sauce.

Dessert

Photo: Skinny Ms.

41. Quinoa Brownies
The secret good-for-you ingredients in these gooey brownies? Quinoa, flax, and… wait for it… butternut squash purée! You get a healthy dose of protein, omega-3s, and vitamin A in every single delectable bite.

42. Unforgettable Chocolate Quinoa Cake
This moist, chocolaty cake clearly deserves the title “unforgettable.” And swapping out flour for quinoa is straight-up genius, making the cake protein-packed and gluten-free.

43. Salted Quinoa Chocolate Bark with Pistachios
What makes the best chocolate bark? A combo of sweet, salty, crunchy, and a little spicy. Toasted quinoa, shelled pistachios, sea salt, and cayenne pepper hit all four criteria.

44. Quinoa Almond Macaroons
Coconut-y and a little crunchy, these five-ingredient macaroons are gluten-free and topped with a full tank of protein, thanks to a cup of quinoa.

45. Blueberry Almond and Amaretto Quinoa Crisp
Don’t let the fancy name fool you. This dessert is accessible to cooks of all experience levels. With just four steps, quick prep time, and excellent ingredients like fresh, antioxidant-rich blueberries and crunchy almond slices, you’ve got a sweet treat that’s both delish and Instagram-worthy.

46. Guilt-Free Oats and Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies
As if chocolate chip cookies could get any better, this recipe cuts back on some sugar and swaps flour for quinoa flour without sacrificing taste. Plus, it doesn’t require a mixer—perfect for people with just basic kitchen equipment. Better yet, with a simple switch to gluten-free oats, these cookies can easily be made completely gluten-free.

Photo: Alyssa/Queen of Quinoa

47. Dark Chocolate Quinoa Truffles
How can you go wrong with chocolate-covered chocolate? Okay, so there’s a bit more to the filling than just cocoa—it’s a mixture of dates, quinoa, almond butter, and more. That said, these tasty truffles are so easy to make, and even easier to enjoy.

48. Peanut Butter and Nutella Quinoa Bites
We couldn’t dream up a more delicious combination: nutella and peanut butter criss-crossed with a drizzle of chocolate. These no-bake balls are easy to make, better to eat, and will satisfy any raging chocoholic.

49. Quinoa Chocolate Drops
We’re big fans of almost anything that involves peanut butter and chocolate, two great tastes that taste absolutely freaking amazing together. This nutty, no-bake dessert is no exception.

50. Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Bars
A candy-shop treat made with natural sugar and quinoa,these crunchy chocolate bars will satisfy both your sweet and salty cravings alike. Score!

17 Ways To Make Quinoa Taste Better, Because Dinner Should Never Be Boring

Quinoa is one of those foods that can be delicious, or it can turn out bland and boring. If you’ve only experienced the latter, you need to keep reading to find out how to make quinoa taste better, because seriously, you’re missing out.

Quinoa has been around forever, but it wasn’t until fairly recently that it gained a lot of popularity for being a majorly healthy superfood. Quinoa is a superfood superstar: it’s high in protein, fiber, vitamins, and nutrients, as well as being gluten-free and easy to digest. All of these healthier than thou qualities end up making it a turn-off for some people — they assume that because it’s so good for you, it can’t possibly taste good too. And while it is totally possible for quinoa to feel uninspired, it’s also very possible to make it taste amazing.

As someone who has trouble digesting brown rice, hates white rice, and is allergic to barley, quinoa has been something of a godsend. I am obsessed with quinoa and make it constantly. Like most people, I began my quinoa journey by simply subbing it into brown rice dishes. It was good, but it wasn’t incredible. So, I searched and asked around for tips, experimented, and ended up finding some truly mouthwatering ways to prepare quinoa. I’m here to tell you that if you haven’t been thrilled with this grain, you’re probably preparing it incorrectly. Read on for these 17 easy ways to make your quinoa taste better. And then get cooking!

1. Cook It In Vegetable or Chicken Broth

Quinoa on its own can be very bland (just like any other grain). If you’d like to add a bit more flavor, cook it in vegetable or chicken broth instead of water (or do half and half). This instantly gives your quinoa more flavor and doesn’t require you to do any extra work.

2. Add Fresh Herbs

Another way to easily and quickly make quinoa taste better without cooking anything else is to add herbs and spices. I personally love adding thyme, salt, and pepper to my quinoa, but you can add whatever you want — basil, oregano, maybe even some red pepper. Food Network star and chef Giada de Laurentiis has a recipe for herbed quinoa that is fresh and tasty.

3. Toast It In Oil Before Boiling

To make quinoa, you mix it with water, bring to a boil, then let simmer until it’s done. But to make it extra delicious, toast the quinoa in olive oil first. Add a tablespoon (or more) of olive oil to the pot on medium heat, then add the quinoa. Let it toast until the quinoa browns but doesn’t burn (usually about two to three minutes), then add water. It really makes a big difference. According to I Heart Keenwah, “Pre-toasting quinoa before you cook it is the single most import way to enhance the flavor of the seed.”

4. Add Tiny Chopped Up Pieces Of Garlic And Onion

As an Italian, one of my favorite ways to add flavor to anything is to add a whole bunch of garlic. Quinoa is no exception. Roast or sauté minced garlic, and then add it to your quinoa once it’s finished. You could also sauté some chopped up onions if you’re into that kind of flavor as well. This recipe from Food.com shows you exactly how much to add to make it taste the best.

5. Sweeten Up Quinoa By Cooking It Like Oatmeal

Love and Lemons

Savory quinoa with vegetables and a protein is a terrific dinner option. But sweet quinoa for breakfast? It might be better. Love and Lemons has this wonderful quinoa breakfast bowl recipe that is so easy to make and super versatile. Use the recipe as a base, then add whatever fruit and toppings you want. I think I might like it better than regular oats, personally.

6. Add Plenty Of Cheese

Half-Baked Harvest

The trick to making almost any food in the world taste better is to add cheese, and quinoa is obviously no exception. This creamy caprese quinoa bake from Half-Baked Harvest is the perfect way to add cheese, and make your quinoa beyond amazing. After something like this, you’ll never see quinoa the same way again.

7. Mix Quinoa With Breadcrumbs

Half-Baked Harvest

When most people think of quinoa, they think of it as a boring, healthy side dish with some veggies. But as this list proves, you can do a lot more with it than you think. This recipe from Half-Baked Harvest is another example, as it mixes quinoa with panko breadcrumbs to create an awesome zucchini and eggplant parmesan dish.

8. Use It In Vegetarian Chili

Making Thyme For Health

As someone who doesn’t eat meat, I can tell you that finding a satisfying meat-free chili recipe can be difficult. But I’ve found that adding quinoa can make a huge difference. It makes your chili more hearty without making it taste too much like a grain, you know? This vegan and gluten-free recipe from Making Thyme For Health just might convert you to a meatless existence.

9. Cook It With Less Water

Look at any quinoa box, and you’ll see that the directions say to make it with one part quinoa, two parts water (so, one cup of quinoa and two cups of water). But The Kitchn makes a compelling argument for using less water — less water makes quinoa less mushy, and more light. If you’ve found that you dislike quinoa because it’s too much like mush, this might be what you need to do.

10. Make It Into Quinoa Pudding

Half-Baked Harvest

Maybe you want your quinoa to be more like a dessert than just a boring grain. OK! Similar to quinoa oatmeal is quinoa pudding. This delicious recipe from Half-Baked Harvest calls for you to make your quinoa slowly with coconut milk, various sugar, and fruit for a very unexpected treat. It’s a great breakfast or a satisfying snack.

11. Add Some Heat

Good Life Eats

Looking for something with more of a kick? This recipe from Good Life Eats is perfect. Add cilantro and roasted poblano peppers to your quinoa for a little bit of heat. It’s easy and delicious, and makes a great side dish. It can also be mixed with veggies and a protein for a spicy quinoa bowl.

12. Bake It Into Muffins

Half-Baked Harvest

I know it sounds beyond weird to add quinoa to baked goods, but trust me, this recipe is not weird. Half-Baked Harvest gives us these sweet potato, quinoa, and dark chocolate coconut crumble crunch muffins that you absolutely need to try. They’re filling and satisfying, so they’re ideal for basically anyone.

13. Use Quinoa In Homemade Veggie Burgers

Love and Lemons

Making your own veggie burgers isn’t as hard as you might think, especially when you have an ingredient like quinoa, which is hearty and holds things together easily. These black bean quinoa burgers from Love and Lemons will become your new favorite. Top them with your favorite burger toppings and a toasted bun, and you’re good to go.

14. Use Quinoa In Homemade Granola

Naturally Ella

In case you haven’t caught on yet, quinoa makes for great breakfast food. If you’re not into mushy grains, then try this granola recipe from Naturally Ella. It’s baked with almonds and maple syrup for a sweet, crunchy finish that is perfect on top of yogurt. The trick is toasting the quinoa instead of boiling it – it keeps it crunchy.

15. Add Quinoa To Soup

Making Thyme For Health

Quinoa is probably my favorite grain to add to soups. It’s filling and makes soups more hearty without taking over or soaking up all of the broth. Some grains, like barley or farro, are so needy and demand all of the attention when you’re eating a soup. But quinoa is less obvious and goes well with almost anything. Try this quinoa tortilla soup recipe from Making Thyme For Health, which, bonus, can be made in a slow cooker.

16. Let It Soak And Sprout

As strange as it may sound, a lot of people swear by sprouting their quinoa. This basically means letting it sit in water overnight until it forms little sprouts. According to Making Thyme For Health, this helps reduce the amount of “phytic acid (or phytates) which is thought to block the absorption of important minerals as well as reduce the digestibility of starches, protein, and fat.” It essentially makes your quinoa even more of a healthy superfood, and can also make it taste better.

17. Add Coconut

Good Life Eats

A touch of sweetness is always a good way to make something taste better. This simple recipe from Good Life Eats mixes quinoa with coconut oil and coconut milk for a sweet and savory side dish. You’ll enjoy it so much that you probably won’t even need to add anything else to it.

For more ideas, check out Bustle on YouTube.

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We rounded up 10 of our all-time favorite healthy quinoa recipes. Whether you’re looking for a healthy quinoa side dish, salad or main course, you can be sure that these healthy quinoa recipes are packed with delicious flavor and real ingredients.

How To Cook Quinoa

Each of these recipes includes a quick way to cook quinoa. From baking to slow cooking to steaming, quinoa can be cooked in a variety of ways. One of our favorite kitchen hacks at Fit Foodie Finds is cooking quinoa in the microwave. This post gives you step-by-step instructions for how to cook quinoa in the microwave.

We also love cooking quinoa in the Instant Pot because it’s quick and the clean up is super simple. Check out this tutorial for how to cook quinoa in the Instant Pot. And, if you’re looking for a basic recipe for how to cook quinoa on the stovetop, see below!

Why We Love Quinoa

  • Quinoa is a great alternative to rice and packs a complete protein profile
  • It can be cooked quickly and easily
  • Quinoa is so versatile! And can be incorporated into so many recipes (sweet and savory! Hot and cold!)
  • It’s gluten-free
  • Quinoa is delicious!

Recipe

Basic Quinoa Recipe

Ever wonder how to cook quinoa? All you need is quinoa and water to make this basic stove-top quinoa recipe in less than 20 minutes!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Author: Lee Funke Yield: 4 1x Category: Side Method: Stove-Top Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water (or broth)

Instructions

  1. Place quinoa and water into a medium pot. Bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, cover and turn down to low.
  3. Let simmer for about 15 minutes or until all liquid has absorbed.
  4. Fluff with a fork.

Notes

  • Option to double or triple this recipe.
  • Storage: Let cool completely and then transfer into a glass container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4
  • Calories: 159
  • Sugar: 0
  • Fat: 2
  • Carbohydrates: 29
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 6

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Cashew Chicken Quinoa Bake

Make this Cashew Chicken Quinoa Bake for a high-protein, one-dish meal that the whole family will love! Meal prep at its finest!

Mexican Quinoa Salad

Make this light and refreshing quinoa salad recipe with ingredients you probably already have on hand! This flavorful Mexican salad is vegan and gluten-free and the perfect vegetarian meal to add to your rotation.

Golden Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad

This Golden Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad is a healthy, satisfying, and delicious salad that everyone in your family will love. It is great for a quick meal-prep lunch or a light quinoa salad for dinner. You can’t beat the savory tahini dressing with sweet raisins for the perfect sweet and savory combination!

Fresh Caprese Quinoa Salad

If you are looking for a fresh, healthy, and delicious quinoa salad recipe, this Fresh Caprese Quinoa Salad is perfect for any occasion! This Caprese salad is packed with protein, veggies, and all of your favorite summer flavors. All you need are cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, quinoa, and a healthy homemade dressing!

Sheet Pan Meal Prep Tofu Quinoa Burrito Bowls

Throw all of the ingredients for this Meal Prep Sheet Pan Tofu Quinoa Burrito Bowls on a baking sheet and you’ve got a delicious, vegetarian meal ready for the entire week!

Meal Prep Chicken Cacciatore Quinoa Bake

Try this Meal-Prep Chicken Cacciatore Quinoa Bake for dinner this week. It has all of the delicious flavors and ingredients of traditional chicken cacciatore, but with a healthy and quick twist!

Healthy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Mexican Quinoa

This vegetarian slow cooker meal is so flavorful you won’t even miss the meat! Throw all of the ingredients for this Healthy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Mexican Quinoa in your crock pot for an easy weeknight dinner that’s vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

Healthy Thai Coconut Quinoa Bowls

Get ready for meal prep madness. These Thai Coconut Quinoa Bowls are out of this world- a vegetarian meal packed with protein, veggies, and flavor!

Healthy Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake

Looking for a lightened-up dinner that will feed the whole family? Make this protein-packed (and veggie-packed!) chicken parmesan quinoa bake in just 60-minutes!

Meal Prep Vegetarian Kung Pao Quinoa Bowls

These Vegetarian Kung Pao Quinoa Bowls are the perfect meal prep recipe to make so you can enjoy a healthy lunch or dinner the entire week!

Healthy Quinoa Bowl

Packed with a variety of vegetables and herbs along with a simple and delicious lemon Dijon dressing, this vegan quinoa bowl is rich in flavor and nutrients. It’s gluten-free and super easy to customize.

When I was first introduced to quinoa I thought it looked like millet, but with a cuter pronunciation—keen-wah. So cute, right? To my surprise, it tasted quite different than millet, with a nutty taste and somewhat fluffy, crunchy texture.
With that, my dreams of using it to make a creamy, hearty congee (the way my mom always did) were shattered. Nevertheless, the more I experimented with quinoa, the more I began to love it as a staple in my every day healthy recipes—especially for adding some texture and substance to the main dish or salad-style bowl.

From a nutritional standpoint, quinoa is one of the few plant foods to contain all nine essential amino acids, which makes it a complete protein—a bonus for my vegan friends out there. It’s also gluten-free and a source of iron and fiber, as well a few of the B vitamins.
Now, from a pleasure standpoint, I quickly discovered how versatile this little seed is. I love combining healthy eating with things that are flexible. It just makes life easier, doesn’t it?
Perfect for a weeknight dinner or your healthy meal prep, this quinoa bowl is packed with a rainbow of veggies like green beans, corn, red onion, and broccoli. Fresh basil and cilantro add freshness and flavor, while a simple dijon dressing ties it all together.

Feel free to put your own twist on this recipe and add in any other ingredients you have on hand. It’s supposed to be flexible, right? If you ask me, a quinoa bowl is also a great way to clean out your fridge at the end of the week and get an easy meal out of it!
Here are a few suggestions to get creative with your quinoa bowl flavors, so that they’ll never get boring.

Roasted vegetable quinoa bowls

Any roasted vegetable will work. I’d recommend doing a roasted sweet potato quinoa bowl. This soy-ginger roasted cauliflower would also be a flavorful addition.

  • If you’re looking for a boost of protein, you could add any beans, lentils, tofu, or make chicken quinoa bowls if you’re a meat-eater.
  • For a Mexican vibe, toss in some black beans, lime juice, guacamole, chili powder or cayenne pepper, and pico de gallo. Or, go all in and whip up one of these quinoa burrito bowls.
  • To make a Mediterranean quinoa bowl, you could add some black olives, lemon juice, dill, and cucumber.
  • Asian: Green onion, a touch of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and sauteed bok choy in sesame oil, and sesame seeds. This Thai stir-fried water spinach or Thai red curry vegetables could also be a flavorful addition.
  • If you’re in the mood for lighter fare, check out these quinoa salad recipes:
    Easy Quinoa Salad
    Seafood Quinoa Salad
    Kale Quinoa with Oregano Vinaigrette

And if you want to switch it up from quinoa bowls or salads, then try making a savory dish, like a stew, Thai curry, or stir-fry, to serve over top of the quinoa. Since quinoa is an excellent high-protein, low-carb alternative to rice (with a versatile flavor), you simply can’t go wrong.
I’ve also loved pairing quinoa with this Thai Fried Squid with Basil Leaves, Eggplant Casserole, and Garlic Dressing Spinach—highly recommended!
On a parting note, I’ll leave you with a few hacks I’ve discovered that will add a pop of flavor to your quinoa any time you want to use it in your recipes (and will have you looking forward to your quinoa bowls every time).

1. Cook quinoa in bone broth or vegetable or chicken broth.

Instead of using water to cook quinoa, go with bone broth, or a vegetable, chicken, or beef broth. If you have some light soup as leftovers, use the liquid. You will find that quinoa tastes excellent with the additional flavor.

2. Add olive oil and salt before cooking.

When I cook quinoa in just water, the result is usually a little dry and bland. This can easily be fixed by adding a pinch of salt and a few drops of good quality of extra virgin olive oil right before cooking.

An extremely healthy quinoa bowl mixed with vegetables and very savory dressing! Enjoy it warm as a main dish or serve cold as a wonderful salad!

  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Gluten Free, Vegan
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American

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  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, finely chopped
  • 1 package (10.8 oz.) mixed vegetables (corn, carrots, peas, green beans)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 stem green onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped

For the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Cook quinoa in a rice cooker just like how you cook regular rice. It takes about 10 minutes to cook 1 cup quinoa in my Tatung Rice Cooker and Steamer. If you don’t have a rice cooker yet, here’s what to do. Rinse quinoa under cold water and drain. Place it in a pot and cover with 1 3/ 4cups water. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat, cover, and simmer for 12 to 14 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed. Remove from the heat and keep covered for 5 more minutes. Transfer the quinoa to a bowl and fluff it with a fork; let cool.
  2. Cook mixed vegetables with chopped broccoli florets according to the package instruction. (Empty frozen contents of bag into a saucepan. Add 1 cup water. Cover and cook over medium-high heat for 5 to 6 minutes.) Stir occasionally. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine lime juice, Dijon mustard, olive oil, sea salt, and ground black pepper. Mix well.
  4. In a large bowl, combine cooked vegetables, red onion, bell pepper, cilantro, basil, and green onion. Add quinoa and pour the dressing over. Stir until even. Dish, serve warm or cold.

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I’ve been all about quinoa salad recipes lately. Quinoa is so easy to prepare, incredibly versatile, high in protein and fiber and can be served for just about any meal! Quinoa salads are also great for meal prep because most of them can be made ahead of time!

Naturally, I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to quinoa recipes, many of which are quinoa salad recipes that I think you’ll enjoy so I created a roundup here with over 20 healthy quinoa salad recipes. Hopefully you’ll like them as much as I do and decide to make one (or two) this the summer. First thing first, let’s cover a few quinoa basics!

How to cook quinoa for a salad:

  1. Rinse your quinoa under cold running water in a fine mesh strainer. (See why below.)
  2. Add quinoa into a pot and add double the amount of water. For 1 cup of quinoa you need 2 cups of water.
  3. Place over a medium heat and bring to the boil.
  4. Reduce to a simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender and the liquid is absorbed.
  5. Let quinoa cool and use in salad recipes as directed.

Why do you need to rinse quinoa?

  • Rinsing your quinoa helps remove quinoa’s natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste bitter. Note: There are a few quinoa brands some come pre-rinsed. If you’re looking to save time or don’t own a mesh strainer, look for one of these brands.

Now that we have the basics covered, let’s hop right in to these awesome quinoa salad recipes. I can’t wait to hear which one you’ll make first.

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa is a great base for tabbouleh. You just replace the bulgar with tabbouleh. The key ingredients in the recipe are parsley, mint, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and lemon. It’s easy to prepare and you can whip up a healthy salad in minutes.

Carrot Raisin Quinoa Salad

I don’t want to brag, but this might be the best dressing I have ever made. The ingredients are almonds, cilantro, paprika, cumin and little cayenne pepper. The salad itself is super simple. The recipe is a combination of chickpeas, shredded carrots, quinoa and raisins. The dish works as a light snack or for lunch or dinner as a meal.

Corn Avocado Quinoa Salad

Corn and quinoa make a great combination. I added a little avocado for texture and flavor. The recipe also uses red onion, lime juice and herbs. I love this salad at picnic and potlucks. It’s the perfect wish on a sunny, summer afternoon.

Quinoa Fruit Salad

What’s not to like? I combined the heartiness of quinoa with fresh fruit. The salad is moistened with a creamy avocado dressing. Dried coconut was added for flavor. I only used fresh fruit for the salad. You can use lot of different fruit, but I added pineapple, kiwi and strawberries. The recipe is full of vitamins and minerals.

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Here is a Mexican version of a quinoa salad. I combined bell pepper, black beans, avocado, cilantro and quinoa as the main ingredients. Cumin, chili pepper and cayenne add a little spice. If you enjoy Mexican food, you will love this dish.

Greek Quinoa Salad

A great way to utilize summer vegetables is with this Greek version of a quinoa salad. For the recipe, I used baby spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese and almonds. The dressing is a mixture of avocado oil, maple syrup and lemon. It’s a light, healthy way to enjoy the long summer days.

Southwestern Black Bean Quinoa Salad by A Couple Cooks

Sonja and Alex at A Couple of Cooks have made this great take on the Southwestern quinoa salad. Fajita seasoning is combined with ingredients like quinoa, corn, onions, zucchini, tomatoes and black beans. The dressing is vinegar based. The salad tastes great and is super healthy.

Quinoa, Mint and Stone Fruit Salad by A House in the Hills

Cherries and apricots are the perfect way to add moisture and flavor to quinoa. The recipe calls for tri-colored quinoa, but I’d use any type of quinoa. Mint, shallots, orange juice and vinegar blend together to round out the flavors. It’s amazing.

Strawberry & Mango Chopped Spinach Quinoa Salad by Ambitious Kitchen

Baby spinach, mango, strawberries, avocado, red onion and cilantro are combined to make this quinoa salad. The dressing is apple cider vinegar, ginger, sesame oil, honey and lime. The spinach and fruit make this a super healthy quinoa salad option. You can use it as a side dish or main course.

Quinoa, Fennel and Cherry Salad by Naturally Ella

Fennel is a such a unique flavor for a quinoa salad, but it totally works in this recipe. Cherries add a little sweetness, and the overall palate is balanced with parsley, feta and sunflower seeds. Olive oil, lemon and honey are used for the dressings.

Herbed Quinoa Garden Veggie Salad by Pinch of Yum

The quinoa in this recipe is soaked in a lemon vinaigrette. Romaine lettuce, carrots, cherries and parmesan cheese are combined to add texture and flavor. A handful of chopped herb is an important ingredient an adds spice to the dish. The salad does well in the refrigerator and is perfect as a leftover.

Mexican Quinoa Salad by Minimalist Baker

What’s not to like here? The dressing is a mixture of avocado, lime, orange juice, sugar and Mexican spices like cumin and chili powder. The salad contains mixed greens, black beans, red onions, an orange and cilantro. It’s a perfect south-of-the-border combination and makes a great side dish.

Thai Quinoa Salad by Foodie Crush

This recipe is a combination of late summer vegetables and Thai peanut sauce. Red peppers, carrots, cucumbers, edamame, green onions, red cabbage and quinoa form the salad’s base. The sauce is lime, oil, ginger, red pepper flakes, peanuts and cilantro. It is a sweet and tart salad with a little bit of heat. Yummy!

Strawberry and Spinach Salad with Quinoa and Goat Cheese by Cookie and Kate

Kate and her dog pal Cookie have created an amazing quinoa salad with goat cheese and baby spinach. It only contains a small amount of quinoa, but it adds great texture to the salad. Strawberries and slivered almonds combine with a lemon and dijon mustard dressing. It a great version of a traditional summer spinach salad.

Tomato Mozzarella and Basil Quinoa Salad by Averie Cooks

Tomatoes and fresh basil are always a great combination. They are even better when you add a little quinoa, vinegar and oil.

Quinoa Kale Salad by Hummusapien

I’m a sucker for kale, and this quinoa salad recipe combines my two favorites — kale and quinoa — in a bowl. Raisins, almonds, bell peppers and avocados are also added. A lemon and oil dressing round out the salad nicely. It works as a side dish or main course.

Dandelion Green Quinoa Risotto by Will Frolic for Food

Early spring dandelion greens are mildly bitter and form the flavors for this out-of-the box quinoa recipe. Spinach, shallots, lemon juice and maple syrup are also added to a bowl. It’s a nice grain-free alternative to traditional rice-based risotto.

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken and Quinoa Salad by Skinny Taste

Chicken is always a good option when making a quinoa salad. The recipe uses garlic, rosemary, lemon, red onion, lemon, kalamata olives, cucumbers, tomatoes and crumbled feta with the chicken. Salt and Pepper are added for flavor. It’s high in protein and tastes wonderful.

Asian Quinoa Salad by Two Peas and Their Pod

The recipe combines red cabbage, edamame, carrots, red pepper and cucumbers in a bowl. It perfect for lunch or dinner. The dressing is soy sauce, oil, vinegar, cilantro, sesame seeds, ginger and red pepper flakes. The salad is great Asian take on the quinoa salad.

Are you a quinoa salad fan? What’s your favorite recipe? Please share. 🙂

30 Quinoa Recipes for Weight Loss

Quinoa may be a “health food,” but that doesn’t mean you will lose weight every time you use the grain. Yes, the grain is packed with protein and loaded with essential amino acids and fiber, but once you add less virtuous, calorie- and fat-laden ingredients to the mix, those quinoa recipes you found online may not be the best dish for trim-down success.

To help all you health-minded quinoa lovers out there, we’ve scoured the net. Whether you’re looking for a new go-to healthy lunch or a virtuous take on your favorite “bad” food, you’re sure to find something you’ll love in this collection.

1

Healthy Quinoa Chicken Curry Bowls

Serves: 6
Nutrition: 315 calories, 8.9 g fat (1.7 g sat fat), 289.3 mg sodium, 7.9 g fiber, 8.4 g sugar, 23.7 g protein

Just what you need to get through the last of the winter weather: rich chicken thighs, warming Eastern spices and a hefty dose of protein. This comforting dish can be made in your slow cooker. Don’t have one? Don’t fret: It comes together easily in one pot and the stove does almost all of the work.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

2

Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Pickled Red Onions

Serves: 6
Nutrition: 470.8 calories, 20.8 g fat (6.5 g sat fat), 1006 mg sodium, 4.2 g fiber, 6.5 g sugar, 17.9 g protein

Tangy goat cheese and pickled red onions team up to take this unique veggie burger to the next level. Looking to go lighter on sodium? Give yourself a thinner layer of goat cheese, which can still add maximum flavor in minimal amounts.

Get the recipe from Love and Olive Oil.

3

Quinoa Lentil Tacos

Serves: 6
Nutrition: 301.2 calories, 8.6 g fat (2.6 g sat fat), 624 mg sodium, 9 g fiber, 3.2 g sugar, 11.2 g protein

Though we calculated for avocado and lettuce toppings and one whole-wheat tortilla per person, there are simple ways to make them more indulgent without sending the calorie count sky high. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt instead of sour cream or cheese and don’t worry about that second tortilla: This recipe has so much satiating protein and fiber that you won’t even want it.

Get the recipe from Begin Within Nutrition.

4

Mason Jar Quinoa Salad with Green Thai-Style Dressing

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 505 calories, 22 g fat (10.4 g sat fat), 358.2 mg sodium, 10.6 g fiber, 14.37 g sugar, 12.6 g protein

Who says it has to be hard to pack yourself a gourmet lunch for the office? Meet the mason jar salad, a genius way to get complex flavor on the go. This one’s sure to keep you full until dinnertime. Pack as much spinach as you can at the top and use a scant teaspoon of coconut oil to prepare the sweet potato.

Get the recipe from Top with Cinnamon.

5

Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 494.5 calories, 10.9 g fat (2.6 g sat fat), 733.3 mg sodium, 3.2 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 72.1 g protein

Chicken nuggets get a double-dose of protein with a quinoa-based crust. You’ll love the satiating effect, kids will just love that they’re getting chicken nuggets. There will be no fighting at the dinner table tonight!

Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumb.

6

Quinoa Taco Bowl

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 528.3 calories, 11.3 g fat (1.6 g sat fat), 197 mg sodium, 18.7 g fiber, 6.7 g sugar, 21.1 g protein

Ditch the unnecessary carbs. A couple of crispy tortillas on top of this flavor-packed bowl is all you’ll need to get your fix. Everything else in this taco-inspired dish is fresh, healthy and—most importantly—filling.

Get the recipe from One Ingredient Chef.

7

Avocado & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Serves: 8
Nutrition: 574 calories, 20.4 g fat (4.3 g sat fat), 125 mg sodium, 17.2 g fiber, 2.7 g sugar, 21.1 g protein

Plenty of protein and fiber in a presentation worthy of your fanciest dinner party. Enjoy an entire half of squash and say goodbye to late night snacking.

Get the recipe from Love & Lemons.

8

Garlic Butter Shrimp Quinoa

Serves: 8
Nutrition: 298 calories, 13.5 g fat (6.2 g sat fat), 621 mg sodium, 3.0 g fiber, 0.7 g sugar, 15.9 g protein

Need something indulgent that won’t break the calorie bank? Look no further. Plenty of lean protein and fiber with the indulgent touch of garlic butter. Your friends will never know it’s so low-cal.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

9

Roasted Red Pepper, Quinoa and White Bean Burgers

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 736 calories, 18.2 g fat (3.2 g sat fat), 642 mg sodium, 30.6 g fiber, 6.9 g sugar, 37.3 g protein

We calculated for an open-faced burger with classic toppings: bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Just because it’s a veggie burger doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a healthy dose of bacon, too.

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.

10

Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup with Quinoa

Serves: 5
Nutrition: 409 calories, 12.5 g fat (2.1 g sat fat), 626 mg sodium, 6.6 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 15.7 g protein

Creamy, comforting soup—without the cream. You’d never know if we didn’t tell you. This indulgent but healthy soup is just as delicious and won’t have any negative effect on your waistline. Just make sure to look for low-sodium stock.

Get the recipe from One Ingredient Chef.

11

TOASTED QUINOA CASHEW BUTTER CUPS

Nutrition: 238 calories, 14.2 g fat (10.3 g saturated), 28 mg sodium, 24.5 g carbs, 1.6 g fiber, 18.2 g sugar, 3.5 g protein

Fat-blasting coconut oil, cortisol-moderating dark chocolate, and satiating cashew butter come together so flawlessly, you’ll think you’re committing a flat belly sin. Move over Reese’s, you’ve been replaced.

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.

12

FIVE MINUTE HONEY YOGURT PARFAIT

Nutrition: 260 calories, 2.8 g fat (0 g saturated), 78 mg sodium, 49.8 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 15.7 g sugar, 9.8 g protein

Fire up your brain cells, protect your bones and soothe your gut in just five minutes when you whip up this yogurt parfait. What’s more? According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, pomegranates contain ellagic acid, which might fend against cancer by suppressing estrogen production and preventing the growth of breast cancer cells.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

13

HEALTHY CHICKEN PARMESAN QUINOA BAKE

Chicken Parm can be a waistline disaster. Breaded, fried, smothered in tomato sauce and oozing with cheese. Luckily for you, this dish is low in calories, fat, sodium and sugar, and boasting with satiating protein!

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Crush.

14

KALE QUINOA SALAD WITH BEET PICKLED EGG

Whether you’re a gym rat, spin addict, or on a sports team, this dish can boost your performance thanks to the purple root vegetable. In fact, according to a study conducted at Kansas State University, athletes who drank beet juice experienced a 38 percent increase in blood flow to muscles, particularly “fast twitch” muscles that affect bursts of speed and strength.

Get the recipe from Sassy Kitchen.

15

SLOW COOKER QUINOA CHICKEN CHILI

Nutrition: 364 calories, 6.4 g fat (1.9 g saturated), 431 mg sodium, 59.9 g carbs, 12 g fiber, 5.2 g sugar, 23.4 g protein

Thanks to the fibrous beans in this chicken chili, you’ll be on your way to a slimmer stomach in just a few bites. And it’s not just your typical fiber, but a form called “resistant starch,” that as its name implies, resists digestion, keeping you fuller longer.

Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

16

QUINOA CAKES WITH LEMON, OLIVE AND PARSLEY

Nutrition: 200 calories, 8.3 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 343 mg sodium, 22.4 g carbs, 2.4 g fiber, 1.1 g sugar, 9.6 g protein

At just 200 calories a piece, these wholesome quinoa cakes are the perfect salad topper, appetizer or side dish to any protein. Looking to add more superfoods like quinoa to your meal plan? Check out these 50 Best Chia Seed Recipes on Instagram!

Get the recipe from Love and Olive Oil.

17

SAVOURY ZUCCHINI AND QUINOA LOAF

The green squash adds more than color to this loaf. It’s packed with hunger-squashing fiber, contains more potassium than a banana (which can stop belly bloat) and is super low in calories!

Get the recipe from To Her Core.

18

EASY QUINOA PIZZA BOWLS

Nutrition: 270 calories, 13.6 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 243 mg sodium, 23.7 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 3.7 g sugar, 14.4 g protein

Pepperoni pizza may not fit into your body goals, but this bowl version might. With just five ingredients, 270 calories and 14.4 grams of satiating protein, this is one slice that won’t expand your waistline.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

19

HONEY LIME QUINOA STUFFED SWEET POTATOES

Nutrition: 361 calories, 5 g fat (1.6 g saturated), 53 mg sodium, 66.2 g carbs, 11 g fiber, 8.5 g sugar, 15.1 g protein

This dish knocks out nearly 40 percent of daily fiber recommendations, thanks to the orange spud superfood. Not to mention this dish is boasting with magnesium, vitamin A, phosphorus, potassium, and B6. With sweet potato recipes like this one, who really needs a multivitamin?

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.

20

CHOCOLATE QUINOA BANANAS

Nutrition: 258 calories, 6.5 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 35 mg sodium, 45.7 g carbs, 5.4 g fiber, 10.2 g sugar, 7.2 g protein

Banish bloat, fuel your workout, boost your metabolism, fight cravings, and suppress your appetite with this seemingly-sinful meal.

Get the recipe from One Ingredient Chef.

21

ASIAN TURKEY QUINOA MEATBALLS

Nutrition: 274 calories, 7.9 g fat (1.9 g saturated), 488 mg sodium, 31.9 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 5.6 g sugar, 17.6 g protein

These mini meatballs are made with lean ground turkey, panko bread crumbs, and quinoa. They make the perfect appetizer or protein to add to any pasta dish.

Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumb.

22

LIGHT CHEESEBURGER QUINOA SKILLET

We admit it: We’re kinda burger obsessed, but we love that we can ditch the empty calorie bun and sub in quinoa instead. It’s kind of like hamburger helper, only this version won’t wreak havoc on your waistline. Just make sure to pick a grass-fed beef, which is naturally leaner than its counterparts.

Get the recipe from The Creative Bite.

23

PEANUT BUTTER QUINOA COOKIES

Nutrition: 188 calories, 7.6 g fat (1.4 g saturated), 71 mg sodium, 24.4 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 9.5 g sugar, 7 g protein

Believe it or not, you can actually lower your risk of developing diabetes by eating these cookies! Along with being delicious, peanut butter has been accredited with everything from lowering death risk, healthier muscles and nerves, and weight loss. In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, lower the risk of developing diabetes by almost 30 percent. Here’s why: Peanut butter contains genistein, a compound that turns down obesity genes and reduces your body’s ability to store fat.

Get the recipe from The Baker Mama.

24

QUINOA ZUCCHINI BOATS

Looking for a guiltless, gluten-free pizza recipe? These zucchini boats have all the pizzazz of a pie, without the empty calories, sodium and fat. Plus, they’ve got 14 grams of filling, muscle-building protein that’ll keep your flat-belly goals on track.

Get the recipe from That Oven Feelin.

25

CARIBBEAN SALMON QUINOA BOWLS

Nutrition: 475 calories, 4.7 g fat (<1 g saturated), 243 mg sodium, 85.3 g carbs, 15.5 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 25 g protein

By the time March rolls around, we all need a vacation. Transport your taste buds to the Caribbean with this salmon quinoa bowl. Wild salmon is rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat that fights off metabolism-slowing inflammation and breast cancer prognosis. Not to mention, it’s a great source of protein, a nutrient that increases post-meal calorie burn by as much as 35 percent!

Get the recipe from Recipe Runner.

26

QUINOA CAULIFLOWER CHOWDER

Nutrition: 228 calories, 8.7 g fat (4.4 g saturated), 477 mg sodium, 28.4 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 5.9 g sugar, 10 g protein

One bowl of chowder from Red Lobster contains 400 calories, 29 grams of fat and 1,290 milligrams of sodium. No, thanks! Whip up this instead and knockout 80 percent of daily vitamin C recommendations with just one serving!

Get the recipe from Foodie Crush.

27

PINE NUT BROCCOLI QUINOA

Nutrition: 182 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated), 30 mg sodium, 18.8 g carbs, 2.6 g fiber, <1 g sugar, 5.6 g protein

Although they’re often overlooked, “pine nuts are an excellent source of manganese, a powerful inhibitor of free radicals, ,” says Angela Lemond, R.D.N., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They’re perfect tossed with any greens, sauteed on their own or added to quinoa bowls like this one!

h any greens like this wholesome dish.

Get the recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

28

QUINOA APPLE AND ALMOND SALAD WITH HONEY LEMON MINT VINAIGRETTE

Nutrition: 433 calories, 12 g fat (1.5 g saturated). 9 mg sodium, 69 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 12.6 g sugar, 13.2 g protein

The Honey Lemon Mint Vinaigrette on this salad does more than add flavor; it helps you burn calories. In fact, in 2003, researchers tested the influence of 14 different herbs and spices on the activities of digestive enzymes pancreases and small intestines of rats. They found that mint was one of the spices that enhanced these activities, more effectively turning food into energy. Although you’re not a rat, your digestive system functions similarly.

Get the recipe from Savory Simple.

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QUINOA CHOCOLATE BARK

Nutrition: 162 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated), 1 mg sodium, 21 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 13 g sugar, 2 g protein

Do you usually bring some sort of treat to parties or family get-togethers?? With just two ingredients (which are both superfoods), it doesn’t get much cleaner than this chocolate bark. Translation: You won’t have to feel guilty about this one.

Get the recipe from Well Plated.

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ASPARAGUS FETA QUINOA SALAD

Boost the nutrition and flavor of your feta with amino-acid-boasting quinoa and asparagus. The green contains anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and cancer-fighting antioxidants, and it’s super low in calories.

Get the recipe from The Creative Bite.

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Quinoa salad is a staple for pot lucks and summer barbecues at our house. This recipe makes a large bowl of quinoa salad that will see you through any family dinner and makes great leftovers. Quinoa is a slowly digested carbohydrate that contains a complete protein, making it a good choice for vegetarians and people who don’t want to raise their blood sugar levels. Combined with corn, black beans, and tomatoes, and dressed with a hint of lime and cumin, I’m sure you won’t be able to stop eating this.

If you’ve never cooked quinoa before, you’ll be happy to know that you cook it exactly the same way as you cook rice, so feel free to use your favourite rice-preparation method. I love to cook it in my rice cooker – just add two parts water to one part quinoa, press the start button, and wait.

Quinoa, black bean, and corn salad Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 25 mins

Quinoa salad is a staple for pot lucks and summer barbecues at our house. This recipe makes a large bowl of quinoa salad that will see you through any family dinner and makes great leftovers.

Course: Salad, Side Dish Cuisine: American, Slow Carb, Vegan, Vegetarian Keyword: quinoa, quinoa salad Servings: 12 Calories: 137 kcal Ingredients Salad

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ purple onion finely chopped
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 package cherry or grape tomatoes (about 1 heaping cup)
  • 1 bunch chives (optional)

Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano

Instructions To make the quinoa

  1. To cook quinoa in a rice cooker, follow the manufacturers instructions for cooking 1 cup of dry rice.

  2. To cook the quinoa in a saucepan, add 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups water to a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. As soon as the mixture comes to a boil reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.

  3. Once the quinoa is cooked, remove it from the heat, fluff it with a fork, and set it aside to cool.

To make the dressing

  1. Combine 2 tablespoons water, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, cumin and oregano in a cup and stir.

To assemble the salad

  1. Put the cooled quinoa in a large mixing bowl and add the chopped purple onion.

  2. Rinse and drain the black beans and the corn and add them to the quinoa mixture.

  3. Cut the cherry or grape tomatoes in half and add them to the quinoa mixture.

  4. Add the dressing to the quinoa mixture and stir until the dressing is evenly mixed in.

  5. Garnish with chopped chives, if desired.

7 Cheap And Easy Things To Do With Quinoa

Quinoa itself might not be too cheap to buy but the stuff you can do with it can be.

1. No Bake Chocolate Quinoa Brownies

Time: 10 minutes

For if you’re literally so kitchen-challenged you can’t even work out how to turn the oven on. Full recipe here at Simple Quinoa.

2. Spinach & Mushroom Quinoa

Time: 20 minutes

Super duper healthy, top notch for if you can’t be bothered to cook. Full recipe here at Julia’s Album.

3. Easy Asian Quinoa Salad

Time: 10 minutes

Colourful, healthy and all kinds of tasty. Full recipe here from Gimme Some Oven.

4. Easy Quiona Chilli

Time: 30 minutes

A super healthy, but still super tasty version of the original meaty dish. Full recipe here from Cooking Classy.

5. Honey Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad

Time: 10 minutes

Quinoa doesn’t just have to be for savoury snacks. Get the full recipe her from The Recipe Critic.

6. Garlic and Herb Mushroom Quinoa

Time: 10 minutes

A good one to make on Sunday and eat all the way through to Thursday. Get the full recipe here from Simply Quinoa.

7. Cinammon Apple Breakfast Quinoa

Time: 25 minutes

Make the night before and eat up in the morning. Get the full recipe here.

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