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40 Quinoa Recipes You’ll Love

by Skinny Ms.


Look no further for quinoa recipes because we’ve rounded up the best healthy quinoa recipes from around the web! Quinoa is springy and light, and filling without being heavy.  Its delicate texture and mild nutty flavor are what make it so delicious in salads and sides.  Its high protein content is ideal for a healthful, vegetarian entree or just to swap out the rice in other dishes, such as stir-frys.  Quinoa’s versatility is why it’s the key ingredient in everything from tasty breakfasts to sweet desserts. Overwhelmed by the sheer number of quinoa recipes out there? Don’t worry. We’ve scoured the web for the best of the best.


1.  A Basic Quinoa Recipe for Starters 
Just getting started with quinoa or need a refresher?  This blog offers a recipe and pointers on how to prepare quinoa by itself. Quinoa, (keen- wah) a nutrient-dense food, is sometimes called a superfood because it’s one of the only grain-like foods that is a full protein on its own. It’s “grain-like” because it’s not really a grain.  It’s the seed of a grass native to central America, where most quinoa is exported from. Learn more at the

thai chicken quinoa bowl


2. Italian Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf 
Lean turkey and quinoa combine for not only a protein powerhouse, but also a moist meatloaf. Italian herbs, Parmesan and tomato sauce pack the flavor. It’s better to use a cane sugar free tomato sauce.

3.  Vegan Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burger 
This mouthwatering southwestern style veggie burger uses optional oats and oat flour as binders. Place on a bun with traditional toppings and enjoy every corn, bean, and quinoa burger bite.

4.  Quinoa Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms  
Portobello mushrooms, sometimes called the meat of vegetables for their savoriness and protein, are packed with quinoa, morsels of feta, tomato, and sweet balsamic. Pretty darn delicious, if we do say so ourselves!

5. Quinoa and Shrimp Paella 
Using quinoa instead of rice for this heavenly paella lowers the carbs and increases the protein. Enjoy!

6.  Stir-Fried Quinoa 
This simply-prepared quinoa offers a nice alternative to stir-fried rice. It can be eaten alone, or other ingredients can be added to make it a meal. Adding any protein, such as firm tofu, mushrooms, or shrimp will make this easy and delicious stir-fry even better.

7. Quinoa Spinach Bake 
Make it a casserole night with this easy to assemble vegetarian quinoa and spinach dish.

8.  Spicy Shrimp Quinoa 
Shrimp and peppers are combined in this spicy Southwestern style dish. It’s an easy recipe with a lot of flavor…and protein!

9.  Vegetarian Quinoa Chili 
Both black beans and kidney beans are added to this fresh chili pepper, vegetable and quinoa chili.  It would definitely be delicious with cornbread as pictured.

10. Quinoa Lasagna
Use a cane sugar free sauce and low fat mozzarella for this lasagna bake, which uses quinoa in place of the pasta.  Assemble in the morning, refrigerate and pop in the oven for dinner. The leftovers would make a yummy lunch.

11.  Gluten-Free Pizza Bites 
Use a lowfat mozzarella and a cane sugar-free marinara or pizza sauce for dipping, and these bite-sized treats make a great lunch, or even a snack.

12.  Grilled Asparagus and Chili Orange Quinoa Spring Rolls 
The spicy and sweet flavors of orange and chili come together in the zesty sauce for these quinoa and asparagus spring rolls. Very creative!

13.  Roasted Butternut Squash, Quinoa, and Jalapeno Chimichurri Tacos
Another dish where spicy meets sweet. Creamy goat cheese is combined with diced roasted squash, caramelized onions, and quinoa and topped with a cilantro jalapeno chimichurri sauce. What a great combination for a vegetarian taco!

14.  Quinoa Vegetable Curry 
A homemade curry paste is made from easy to find ingredients for this fast to put together mild curry.

15.  Thai Chicken Quinoa (pictured above)
This mouthwatering recipe looks absolutely amazing, having a quintessential thai-flavored sauce with coconut milk, peanuts, rice vinegar, and chili.  Edamame (soybeans), chicken, quinoa, and peanuts really pack a protein punch.

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16.  Caramelized Cauliflower, Roasted Red Pepper and Quinoa Salad
Lime and Honey add some tangy sweetness tossed with delicious roasted cauliflower, charred peppers, and quinoa.

17.  Shredded Kale and Quinoa Salad with Creamy Tahini Dressing 
Tahini, or sesame paste, used in mediterranean and mideastern cooking, most popularly hummus, makes for a the perfect dressing for this kale and currant quinoa salad.

18.  Quinoa salad with Tibeten Herb Dressing 
This recipe  has thin green beans, grape tomatoes and a zesty dressing.

19.  Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Pickled Red Onions 
Excellent recipe. The pickled onions call for miniscule amount of refined sugar- ½ teaspoon, simply swap out with sucanat, palm sugar, or natural sweetener of choice if desired.

Honey Roasted Carrot and Quinoa Salad

20.  Honey Roasted Carrot and Quinoa Salad 
Roasting carrots brings out the natural sweetness in this recipe. Honey’s perfectly good, but maple syrup would work here, too, for a vegan alternative!

21.  Quinoa with Walnuts, Radishes, and Spring Onions
This recipe uses edamame, or soy beans- one creative dish that uses two interesting protein-rich ingredients that everyone should eat more of.

22.  Quinoa Tabouli 
This ruby-red, vitamin-rich play on tabouli (usually made with bulghur wheat and parsley, but no beets) Beets, sometimes called “dirt candy” because of their natural sweetness, are one of those vegetables that are in season year-round, winter through summer.

23. Grilled Avocado with Quinoa Salad 
Grill the avocado? Who’d have thunk it? This is a creative salad in a creamy avocado.  All in all, this salad is a great source of healthy fats, protein, and vitamins from the vegetables…And tasty too!

24.  Quinoa Salad
Cooked quinoa is used instead of greens in this mixed salad with pumpkin seeds, chopped cranberries, and garbanzos.  It’s topped with an easy-to-prepare homemade vinaigrette.

25.  Quinoa Pasta Salad 
This “pasta” salad is made without the pasta.  Quinoa is used in its place.  Fresh herbs and olives make it extra-tasty.

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26.  Blueberry Quinoa Waffles with Spiced Banana Syrup 
Check out her Blueberry Quinoa Waffles with Spiced Banana Syrup, using only maple syrup as a sweetener in the batter and toppings.

27.  Quinoa Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper, Walnut Pesto, Goat Cheese and a Poached Egg
Creamy goat cheese and charred roasted pepper pair well with this lovely, crisp quinoa cake and soft poached egg. Walnut pesto is a nice change from pine nut basil pesto, as well.

28.  Asparagus Quinoa Cakes with Smoked Salmon, Asparagus, and Poached Eggs 
A fresh take on Scandanavian Eggs Benedict, where smoked salmon (lox) is used instead of bacon, the English muffin is also replaced with a fresh asparagus quinoa cake.

29.  Quinoa Fruit Salad
Who needs a regular fruit salad when quinoa goes well with sweet, juicy flavors and adds extra protein in the process? This salad is straightforward and easy to make the night before for a sweet and tasty breakfast, or to bring for a work lunch.

30.  Quinoa Carrot Muffins
Protein-rich muffins? Yes, please. Add some nonfat cream cheese frosting and this recipe could easily be served as dessert, instead of carrot cake. The brown sugar should be replaced with natural sweetener.

31.  Vegan Quinoa Parfait
No need to layer yogurt and granola, layer quinoa and fruit for a filling layered breakfast dish in a glass.

32.  Quinoa and Fruit Breakfast Porridge
Creamy with ultra-healthy coconut milk and peaches, this porridge is a fresh alternative to oatmeal. Use light coconut milk for less saturated fat.

33.  Vegan and Cacao Almond Baked Breakfast Squares 
These brownie like quinoa and chocolate squares can be served as a dessert or a breakfast.  They’re made as a breakfast food because they’re that nutritious.

34.  Savory Quinoa Muffins
These muffins include dill and feta, peas and spinach. They work well for breakfast or as a snack.

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Quinoa Almond Joy Bars


35.  Quinoa Almond Joy Bars   
How does the candy bar song go?  After this recipe, it will go, sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you feel like an almond nut quinoa bar.   This dreamy candied quinoa dessert recipe is a definite keeper.

36.  Quinoa Chocolate Drops 
Rolled like a truffle, these chocolates have dates for sweetness and almonds for some crunch.  Dark chocolate adds decadence one can feel good about, because it’s rich in antioxidants.

37.  Warm Quinoa Pudding
Rather than the typical rice pudding, this quinoa pudding is tasty and even more luscious than the original. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and dried fruit add warmth and sweetness in every scoop.

38.  Honey Olive Quinoa Cake
No, olives are not used, but olive oil and honey are. This dense, moist olive oil cake introduces another healthful ingredient, spelt flour, with terrific-looking results.

39.  Coconut Quinoa Pudding 
This pudding gets its creaminess from the coconut milk. Swap out the refined cane sugar for low-glycemic coconut palm sugar (sucanat or another natural sweetener such as maple syrup may also be used). Then, as the recipe calls for, sprinkle with coconut shavings or grated coconut and this is one yummy coconut quinoa pudding.

40.  Gluten-Free Quinoa Brownies
With no processed flours and coconut palm sugar as the sweetener, this recipe gets our stamp of approval. Will be great for the whole family and friends, and not only those avoiding gluten for health reasons.

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3 Responses to 40 Quinoa Recipes You’ll Love

  • Joshua says:

    It's hard to get sick of quinoa when there are just so many different options! Definitely trying out the chili this weekend

  • Enrique says:

    I'm fascinated by this foods versatility. I'm a fairly new vegetarian and delving more into more diversified recipies. I'm trying to figure out how to use this to replace flour, and flour really doesn't agree well with me.

    • SkinnyMs says:

      We love it, too, Enrique. You can try using quinoa flour. It can't completely replace wheat flour, but by using 1/2 and 1/2, you can cut down on the wheat flour.

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