10 Quick Quinoa Recipes


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Quinoa pronounced KEEN-Wah has quickly become a staple in my cooking. I love that it is quick and easy to prepare, has outstanding nutritional value and is allergy-free. Since it cooks through in less than 20 minutes, it is a useful grain substitute in just about any recipe. A single serving is high in healthy fats, fiber protein, iron, magnesium phosphorus, and riboflavin.  Quinoa is also gluten free! Increase your nutritional grain options with these quick and convenient Quinoa recipes.  

Simple Quinoa and Vegetables
This protein-rich vegetarian recipe is simple to make and tasty to eat!
Calories: 292.9   Fat: 15.2 g   Protein: 11.6 g   Carbs: 60.2 g   Fiber: 7.6 g

Stepfanie's Quinoa-Black Bean Casserole
An experiment with leftovers yield a delightful, filling vegetarian meal. 
Calories: 255.9   Fat: 4.3 g   Protein: 15.4 g   Carbs: 40.7 g   Fiber: 9.6 g

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

Enjoy a gluten-free breakfast 
Calories: 228  Fat: 4.5 g   Protein: 8.9 g   Carbs: 50.1 g   Fiber: 4.7 g

'Cheesy' Quinoa-Sweet Potato Casserole

This recipe came about because I had just made vegetable enchiladas and had leftovers, plus quinoa from earlier in the week. Thankfully, this experiment yielded a hearty, delicious meal.
Calories: 328.7   Fat: 8.1 g   Protein: 15.5 g   Carbs: 51 g   Fiber: 12.5 g

Quinoa Meatloaf Muffins

Give a healthy twist to a family favorite. The Quinoa adds extra protein and vitamins. 
Calories: 281.2   Fat: 11.2 g   Protein: 19.6 g   Carbs: 25.2 g   Fiber: 2.5 g

Quinoa and Pomegranate Salad with Toasted Almonds

Festive and healthy -- a great side dish for the holidays or anytime.
Calories: 216   Fat: 7.2 g   Protein: 6.8 g   Carbs: 32.4 g   Fiber: 3.7 g

Chicken Vegetable Soup with Quinoa

The quinoa adds a nutty flavor to this simple soup made from packaged, fresh and frozen ingredients.
Calories: 158.9   Fat: 2.1 g   Protein: 12.5 g   Carbs: 24.3 g   Fiber: 4.4 g

Quinoa Burgers

These burgers are filled with flavor and nutrition.
Calories: 369.7   Fat: 15.8 g   Protein: 10.8 g   Carbs: 48.4 g   Fiber: 7.1 g

Quinoa Con Pollo (quinoa-chicken pilaf)

The quinoa provides added protein & fiber, plus some fun mouth-texture, & with the veggies included this is basically a one-dish meal!
Calories: 306   Fat: 6 g   Protein: 22.8 g   Carbs: 40.6 g   Fiber: 5.1 g

Quinoa Banana Muffin

Start your day or enjoy afternoon snack with these healthy muffins.
Calories: 136.9   Fat: 6 g   Protein: 4.7 g   Carbs: 25.5 g   Fiber: 4 g

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  • 53
    Love quinoa and had been looking for some more recipes. I want to try the cheesy quinoa-sweet potato casserole and the muffins. Thanks for all the good sounding recipes. - 1/25/2018   4:09:15 PM
  • 52
    I like quinoa. - 10/7/2017   4:24:55 PM
  • 51
    I saw a couple that I will be trying. Thanks for the article. - 7/30/2017   3:15:17 AM
  • 50
    Thanks so much for this article. Been wanting to add Quinoa to my diet. Didn't know any recipes! I will be making some of these. - 5/11/2017   11:54:35 AM
  • 49
    Thanks, I will make some of these - 5/10/2017   11:57:01 PM
  • 48
    Say goodbye to feeling guilty after eating emotionally. Say hello to feelings of empowerment that come from making conscious decisions about what and when you eat. - 4/17/2017   12:13:32 AM
    thanks for the suggestions. I have been looking for some recipes including quinoa in them. Now to find some new ones using bulgur wheat - 3/12/2017   6:05:27 PM
  • 46
    Thanks.. I plan to make several of these recipes. - 9/18/2016   9:45:21 PM
  • ALVIN80
    I love it
    Thank you - 9/18/2016   10:12:39 AM
  • 44
    I plan to try the muffins, meatloaf and veg burgers. - 1/7/2016   11:13:12 AM
  • 43
    Thanks for the recipes. Such a variety of ways to use quinoa! I can't wait to try them. - 3/14/2015   8:35:47 AM
  • 42
    And just which recipe is the tempting picture for the blod lead in? - 2/15/2015   11:40:04 PM
  • 41
    boiled quinoa, a dash of sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce or liquid aminos. Easy. Kinda wonderful. :-) - 1/20/2015   3:19:04 AM
  • 40
    Did anyone else notice that a few of the recipes have the exact picture once you click on the recipe name and another page comes up?? lol
    - 1/5/2015   12:17:42 AM
  • 39
    These recipes look so yummy! I love quinoa. - 10/19/2014   10:11:20 AM
  • 38
    I've said it before, and I'm going to keep saying it as long as the health food flagellents keep pushing this stuff:
    Ick. - 10/2/2014   12:59:45 PM
  • 37
    I've been wanting ways to incorporate quinoa into my diet. I really look forward to trying that casserole. - 8/17/2014   4:42:04 PM
  • 36
    Hubby and I both like quinoa. These look good to work more of it in our diet. - 7/5/2014   1:02:26 PM
  • 35
    I just started to eat quinoa and I'm looking forward to trying these recipes. - 3/21/2014   12:06:29 PM
    I love the Simply Superior Quinoa Blend from Kroger. It's in the frozen food section and is super easy to pop in the micro wave! It's great to add shrimp or chicken to along with some spinach or broccoli! - 3/13/2014   7:51:07 PM
  • 33
    I won't eat quinoa. It is imported from Bolivia, where is has been a staple of the Bolivian people's diet for centuries. To make up for the lose of their traditional food, processed being shipped to the Bolivian people and, surprise surprise, they are growing fat and losing their health. Malnutrition is becoming a serious problem in children in the quinoa-growing areas. To me, this cultural appropriation is morally abhorrent. - 3/7/2014   9:18:57 AM
  • 32
    I have only heard of quinoa recently. I have not knowing have had it, but the receipes look good and look forward to trying quinoa. - 3/7/2014   7:11:12 AM
  • 31
    use it and love it Got a cook book with all kinds of unusual grains in it Not in to many cook books - 11/6/2013   1:31:56 PM
  • 30
    I started eating quinoa last year and i will be trying most of the recipies listed especially the meatloaf muffins - 10/27/2013   2:14:29 AM
  • 29
    My son being very health conscious recently introduced Quinoa to the family and we all loved it. Looking forward to trying the recipe. - 7/20/2013   12:31:51 AM
    Such good ideas! Looking forward to trying the black bean casserole. - 6/24/2013   1:02:08 PM
  • 27
    This all sound tasty and an interesting way to use this food. - 6/20/2013   10:31:32 PM
  • 26
    Thanks; I bought some quinoa a while back and have been wondering what the heck to do with it. :-) - 6/11/2013   11:23:21 AM
  • 25
    yum, thank you! - 6/8/2013   10:36:43 PM
  • 24
    I will be making the quinoa meatloaf muffins! I love quinoa and best of all it is gluten free. Chef Meg, I am asking for your help in getting some gluten free pasta entered into the food lists on the site for those of us whose bodies do not tolerate gluten. We need pasta, breads, etc. included in the food lists. I tried to put in Glutino gluten free pasta and got error messages and a bit frustrated. There are teams as I am sure you are aware who would appreciate having more gluten free basic ingredients listed in the food tracker. I am new so probably don't quite have the technicals down, but would appreciate your help on this! Thanks, Sheila - 5/21/2013   11:55:40 AM
  • 23
    I have been looking for substitutions for meat and am going to try a couple of these recipes. Thanks for sharing about your ideas and experiences with quinoa! - 5/18/2013   11:53:05 PM
    Here is a nice breakfast
    Quinoa Frittata
    1 1/2 cup Cooked quinoa
    6 eggs
    1 cup shredded zucchini
    1 cup shredded swiss cheese
    1/4 cup chopped parsley
    salt and pepper as desired

    put in 8x8 greased pan (I like glass)
    bake 350 for 40 min or until center is set

    Or put in greased muffin tins (I have silicone, they pop out nicely)

    9 servings - 5/8/2013   2:59:41 PM
    I've always wanted to try quinoa, but it's really expensive here. Plus we have a large number of our own local healthy and delicious groats (kasha). I'll try and substitute in recipes with them first. - 5/8/2013   4:54:41 AM
    Quinoa will be on my list at the grocery store this week. - 5/7/2013   8:46:28 PM
  • 19
    Wonderful!! thanks - 5/7/2013   12:59:26 PM
    After one recipe I tried earlier in the week, I know that I'll be using it regularly in future cooking - it's easy to use (a must with me at the controls) and so tasty. My husband loves it, too. Happy to see more recipes that I can pin! - 5/7/2013   12:23:04 PM
  • EEVEE1
    CHRIS3874 most grocery stores in Canada carry this. Some might keep it in the health food section, but I have seen it just on the shelves at the "no frills" style grocery stores - 11/13/2012   8:46:26 AM
  • 16
    SUNKAT - I've added that recipe Chef Meg's recipe collection. Thank you for the suggestion. - 11/12/2012   10:49:37 AM
  • 15
    I cook with it all the time, often substituting it for rice or pasta. It helps me meet my protein goals and I really like how it tastes. - 11/10/2012   9:53:12 PM
  • JULIA1154
    Quinoa MUST be rinsed before cooking or it will have that bitter taste mentioned above.

    Some is sold "pre-rinsed" but I always rinse - just in case. Frankly, I think all quinoa recipes should include this as the first step. - 11/10/2012   3:42:56 PM
    Inspired by this article i cooked up a small pot of quinoa. This was from a new bag by Earthly Choice. It has a distinct bitter taste that i've never noticed before with quinoa. Anyone else experienced this? - 11/10/2012   1:16:46 PM
    My favorite quinoa recipe is one I found here on Sparkpeople-Vegan Dirty Quinoa and Red Beans. It should definitely be considered for a best recipe. - 11/10/2012   8:39:20 AM
  • CLIP53
    Hmmmmm Maybe I'll try Quinoa. - 11/10/2012   8:35:07 AM
  • 10
    Looks good. - 11/10/2012   7:25:34 AM
    I hadn't realised that quinoa is a good source of protein. I'm always looking for ways to get more protein into my meals and this is great - thank you! - 11/10/2012   7:00:35 AM
  • 8
    Thanks for these! We bought some quinoa to try awhile back, and I confess I wasn't really sure what to do with it :o. That Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa sounds fantastic! Am going to try making that, but with almond milk instead of soy :-) - 11/10/2012   4:32:05 AM
  • 7
    I started eating quinoa over the summer, mainly just with chopped veggies and beans - But I LOVE these ideas! Can't wait to try them out spice things up a bit!!! Thanks for this article!! - 11/10/2012   4:18:05 AM
    I find a lot of people overlook the fast instant breakfast that can be made with Quinoa flakes. Put some in a bowl. Add boiling water and stir until desired thickness. Add favourite toppings. I use it when backpacking for a quick nutritious breakfast on the trail as it does not require any cooking beyond the hot water but it also works well for an instant breakfast at home.
    - 11/10/2012   1:52:41 AM
  • 5
    I would like to try it but I am not sure where to buy it in Canada. - 11/9/2012   10:38:06 PM
  • 4
    I bought some Quinoa and cooked it once. Love the flavor! It makes more than I thought. Problem for me it was the kind you wash. Didn't enjoy that. :) I am interested in using it more and these are some very appetizing recipes. Quinoa is very healthy for us so I'm going to try to use up what I've bought. Thanks for all the recipes. I'm all for eating what's healthy and the various ways I can enjoy it. - 11/9/2012   9:03:28 PM

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