Fast & Healthy: Seven Quinoa Recipes

When we're busy and famished and need to make a fast, healthy dinner, we turn to quinoa. Though great on its own, the easy-to-cook super seed can also be combined with nuts, herbs, vegetables, or protein for a flavorful and nutritious side or main dish. Here are seven quick and colorful quinoa recipes to take us from summer to fall, with ingredients ranging from cucumbers to butternut squash.

1 Quinoa with Herbs and Mixed Olives, from Rachael Ray

2 Butternut Squash Chilli with Quinoa, from Olive Magazine

3 Quinoa Salad with Grapes, from The Kitchn

4 Red Quinoa, Feta & Spinach Salad, from Olive Magazine

5 Tofu, Asparagus, and Red Pepper Stir-Fry with Quinoa, from Cooking Light

6 Lemon-Scented Quinoa, from Gourmet

7 Quinoa with Mango and Curried Yogurt, from Gourmet

Related: How to Cook Quinoa

(Images: Stephen Scott Gross/Every Day with Rachael Ray, Olive Magazine, Gregory Han, Olive Magazine, Randy Mayor, Lydia DeGaris-Pursell/Cooking Light, Romulo Yanes/Gourmet, Rita Maas/Gourmet)

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Emily Ho is a Los Angeles-based writer, recipe developer, and educator on topics such as food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. She is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and Food Swap Network. Learn more at Roots & Marvel