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 SavvyVegetarian.com.
2. Thai Chicken Quinoa
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.
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 (featured above)
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!
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. 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.