13 Easy Ways to Cook Quinoa

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Quinoa (keen-wah), often referred to as a super grain, is also super versatile. It makes a great whole grain salad, is a delicious change from rice in paella or stir fries, and is a complete protein that can make any vegetarian meal yummy and filling, without feeling heavy. Its springy texture and mild earthy, nutty flavor livens up the absolutely scrumptious dishes below.

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1. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. (pictured above) Corn, quinoa, red onions, and a zesty dressing make this salad exciting. Use red quinoa or the regular variety. Either way, you’ll take in equal amounts of superfood nutrients.

2. Quinoa Shrimp PaellaWe’ve made this light, yet satisfying paella with fresh shrimp and spring peas easy to put together. It serves like a special dinner, but the preparation is painless.

3. Quinoa with Garden Fresh TomatoesSweet, juicy tomatoes meet lovely quinoa for a bite of fresh, yet satiating deliciousness. Serve chilled for the perfect, simple spring and summer salad.

4. Quinoa with Black BeansWho needs beans and rice when you can make savory, comforting beans and quinoa, thus doubling the protein power?

Skinny Quinoa with Black Beans

5. Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect plant-based entrée. Portobellos and quinoa pack a wollop of protein, not too mention a deep savory flavor paired with the brightness of the veggies.

6. Quinoa Lentil BurgerAnother fabulous vegetarian main dish, this burger would be ideal for lunch or dinner. Fire up the barbecue or cook indoors.

7. Brussels Sprouts and Mushroom Ragout with Crispy QuinoaYep, Brussels sprouts as a main dish. Sweet and savory flavors come together in each bite. Definitely try this recipe.

8. Skillet Chicken and QuinoaA full meal in one pan, or skillet, this makes the perfect weeknight dish, when you’re low on time but want something healthy. Less dishes to wash, too!

9. Quinoa (Meatless) MeatballsWho needs meat when these meatless meatballs get rave reviews? They come out perfectly – crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

10. Turkey Cutlets and Quinoa PilafThis recipe is a wonderful chance to use turkey cutlets, and not just chicken breasts day in and day out. It’s also a complete meal which will leave you satisfied.

11. Quinoa and Vegetable Stir-FryWho says a stir fry has to always be vegetables and protein over rice? Here we’ve combined the protein, quinoa, and the vegetables in one quick flash of the pan. This will satisfy any fried rice cravings!

12. Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Feta and DillRefreshing and satisfying with cool dill and salty feta crumbles, this salad is sure to please.    

13. Chili Lime Grilled Shrimp with Quinoa PilafZesty and zingy, this skewered, chargrilled shrimp is high on flavor and low on fat and calories. Did someone say summer fiesta?


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