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Cook up a batch of quinoa — either on the on the stove or in your Instant Pot — and you’ve got the makings for a huge variety of easy, wholesome meals. While it’s often referred to as a grain, quinoa is actually a seed, and it’s packed with protein and fiber, making it a satisfying addition wherever it’s used. Quinoa has a mild flavor with a slightly warm, nutty undertone, which means it’s easy to partner with a wide variety of ingredients.
Before cooking up any quinoa recipes, you’ll want to be sure to give it a good rinse first. (Yes, you should be rinsing quinoa. This removes the protective coating called saponin that can make cooked quinoa taste bitter, and is true whether you’re using white, red, or black quinoa.)
From porridge and breakfast bowls to loaded salads and grain bowls, here are over 25 quinoa recipes to try.
Quinoa Salad Recipes
Quinoa salads can take two shapes: this protein-rich seed can either serves as the base of the salad or you can mix a few scoops into your green salad to bulk it up. One thing you’ll want to remember is that anytime you meal prep quinoa salad, spread the cooked quinoa on a baking sheet and pop it in the fridge for a little while. This helps the quinoa cool faster and allows each individual grain to keep its toothsome texture.
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Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad
Mixed with quinoa, black beans, and vibrant fresh veggies, and topped with a zippy chili-lime vinaigrette, this is a potluck salad that everyone can eat. Go to Recipe
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This salad is simple in design but so delicious and complex when it comes to flavor and texture. There's tartness from the lemon juice and goat cheese as well as some crunch from the hazelnuts. Go to Recipe
Quinoa Bowl Recipes
The truth is that when you’re cooking up a one-bowl meal, any kind of rice or grain will work as a base. But quinoa happens to be the one I lean on most often. It adds a nutty flavor (especially the red or black varieties) and an extra punch of protein.
Breakfasts That Start with Quinoa
There are a lot of ways to work quinoa into your breakfast routine. Try adding some to your regular batch of oatmeal, bulking up a breakfast salad, or using quinoa as the base for a wholesome breakfast bowl.
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Breakfast Grain Bowl Mix
This breakfast grain bowl features quinoa and steel-cut oats and is flavored with ginger and lemon. Make it on Sunday and enjoy throughout the week.Go to Recipe
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Southwest Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
This quinoa salad is loaded with corn, black beans, and cilantro, and keeps for days in the fridge. Topped with an egg is makes a winning breakfast, and can easily double as a lunch.Go to Recipe
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Summer Breakfast Salad
Along with a fried egg and some crumbled bacon, a scoop of nutty quinoa means this breakfast salad packs in the protein to fill you up.Go to Recipe
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Probiotic Breakfast Bowls
These gut-friendly breakfast bowls are loaded with whole grains, sautéed greens, a yolky egg, creamy yogurt, avocado, and plenty of tangy kraut to grace every bite.Go to Recipe
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Made with coconut milk, maple syrup, quinoa, and gluten-free oats, the warming dish is topped with fresh fruit for a delicious and quick first meal of the day.Go to Recipe
Quinoa Side Dishes
If you’ve been cooking up a pot of plain quinoa as your go-to side dish, here’s a few fun ideas to take it a step further. Try a veggie-packed pilaf, a riff on tabbouleh, or stuffed peppers.
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In this riff on traditional tabbouleh, the bulgur gets replaced with tender, nutty quinoa. It's a make-ahead side dish or lunch.Go to Recipe