Need to lose weight? Want to reclaim your health? Or maybe you’re just curious about the superfood everyone’s buzzing about. Quinoa (which is pronounced KEEN-wah, by the way) is a grain-like food that’s getting a lot of attention—and for good reason. If you want to learn what all the fuss is about, stick with us. We have 10 quinoa superfood recipes for you to enjoy.
We love quinoa. Why? It’s a superfood among superfoods. This ingredient, which has been a South American staple for thousands of years, contains the nine essential amino acids needed to create the proteins and enzymes that help you function. It also delivers heart-healthy monounsaturated (good) fats, along with omega-3 fatty acids. What’s more, quinoa has antioxidants, which protect against cell damage. Eating this superfood provides protein, too; a ¾-cup serving contains about 16% of the recommended daily value, making it a smart choice when you want to add plant-based protein to your diet .
Quinoa is versatile, too, as you’ll see in the collection below. These recipes pair it with a variety of other superfoods, so you’re sure to find meals that suit your taste buds. If you’ve never prepared this ingredient before, learn prep tips in 6 Steps to Perfect Quinoa.
1. Skillet Chicken and Quinoa Supper
Superfoods can be super easy to prepare, like this one-skillet dish. Our clean eating recipe delivers quinoa and tomatoes for a double dose of nutrition power.
2. Veggie-Packed Quinoa
When you want superfood recipes, check out this dish. It provides the nutrition of quinoa, spinach, chickpeas, and mushrooms in a recipe that makes a tasty lunch or side dish.
3. Quinoa (Meatless) Meatballs
Meatballs, a superfood? You bet…when they’re made with quinoa. Serve these on whole wheat rolls for a yummy sub, incorporate them into healthy pasta dishes, or create a crowd-pleasing appetizer.
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4. Skinny Quinoa with Black Beans
Superfood recipes don’t come much more power-packed than this one. Black beans combine with quinoa to nourish your body with a superhero’s dose of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
5. Quinoa Lentil Burger
Yes, burgers can still be part of your healthy lifestyle. This recipe is high on protein and fiber, so it’s a smarter burger alternative. Serve it with yummy Crispy Oven Fries.
6. Quinoa Banana Berry Smoothie
Superfoods aren’t just for entrées! Enjoy a super breakfast or snack with this smoothie, which includes quinoa, berries, banana, and green tea.
7. Caprese Quinoa Salad
Quinoa recipes like this one are a delicious way to satisfy your taste buds with something new. This twist on a traditional recipe is rich in superfoods, such as quinoa, beans, and tomatoes.
8. Maple-Glazed Tempeh with Quinoa and Kale
When it comes to quinoa superfood dishes, we love this one because it also includes body-nourishing ingredients like tempeh (which is a soy-based food) and kale.
9. Mediterranean Inspired Quinoa Salad
With a bevy of veggies, this is one of those quinoa recipes that’s a SkinnyMs. favorite. This dish includes sun-dried tomatoes, which contain more of the powerful antioxidant lycopene than their fresh counterparts.
10. Vegetarian Quinoa Chili
You might just feel like superwoman after eating this superfood-loaded chili. From carrots to peppers to beans to tomatoes, this meal has oodles of the healthy ingredients that give your body what it wants and needs.
Quinoa superfood recipes are a smart and tasty way to get the nutrition you need to lose weight, wrangle kids, manage work, or whatever else you want to accomplish. Jumpstart your good health habits with our 30-day Superfoods Challenge.
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