13 Quinoa Recipes for Morning, Noon, and Night

March 20, 2014

With chia seeds popping up in the breakfast aisle and kale on every corner, it's easy to think that we're living in the superfood golden days. While it's true that people ate berries, salmon, and dark leafy greens long before marketing geniuses came up with the concept of superfoods, it's also probably true that we enjoy more obscure grains than our grandparents did.

Chances are, your grandmother did not eat quinoa. Maybe you didn't even eat quinoa -- until it became ubiquitous overnight, that is. Now it's showing up in your breakfast, your lunch, your dinner, even your dessert. Here are 13 ways to make a meal of it.

Yogurt with Toasted Quinoa, Dates, and Almonds by Amanda Hesser

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Guacamole Quinoa by foxeslovelemons


Quinoa Cookies with Coconut and Chocolate Chunks by Loves Food Loves to Eat


Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apple and Dried Cranberries by darksideofthespoon


Maple Quinoa Granola by spacekase


Red Quinoa Salad with Spicy Lime Vinaigrette by Jillian Bernardini


Lemon Herb Quinoa with Hemp Seeds, Spring Peas, and Basil by Gena Hamshaw


Buffalo-Style Quinoa Chili by Stacy McCann


One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf by deensiebat


Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers by Sonali aka the Foodie Physician


Oats and Quinoa Breakfast Bars by CravingSomethingHealthy


Quinoa and Mango Salad with Lemony-Ginger Dressing by jenniebgood


Toasted Almond and Coconut Quinoa Porridge by Gena Hamshaw

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Cheryl P. April 9, 2014
thanks for sharing a great variety of uses for quinoa
Matt April 5, 2014
It is always a favorite to see fruit assembled in with these dishes
Chris April 2, 2014
The most important thing is to soak and rinse like you would beans if the bitter taste is not your thing.
Barb March 26, 2014
Every time I make quinoa, no matter how many times I rinse it, I found it had a bitter aftertaste when prepared. I've tried white and red varieties bought from the health food store in bulk. Any advise?
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Rémy R. March 27, 2014
Hi Barb, sorry the quinoa's been giving you trouble! In my experience, a really thorough rinse is all it takes -- you want to put it in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse until the water runs clear. It might help to run your hands through it as you rinse to make sure every grain gets rinsed. Failing that, I'm not sure -- I guess I would try a separate brand.
Rebecca C. March 27, 2014
i was gonna suggest the same things as Remy did. Another possibility is that quinoa just isn't your thing. The bitterness you taste is the more its flavor letting you know that for you quinoa is quin-weird.
Joanne C. March 26, 2014
Anxious to try a few of these. Now how about some recipes using brown rice?
Rebecca C. March 26, 2014
True, i forgot about that cuz i wasn't looking at the recipe. Glad to hear i am not the only one who loves them. Wonder if grilling the cakes would work, albeit once summer is here.
Rebecca C. March 26, 2014
maybe you guys forgot about those Quinoa cakes with Salsa Fresca. i think they could make this list. i've made those a couple times for dinner and they are worth the effort. The One Pot Kale and Quinoa is a keeper, too. Anybody made the breakfast bars?
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Rémy R. March 26, 2014
Rebecca -- I LOVE that recipe and wanted to include it, but we didn't, for now, since the ingredients for salsa fresca are (for most) out of season. Sad face. I plan on compensating by cooking a ton of it once summer comes around!
cucina D. March 22, 2014
I just recently posted my favorite breakfast recipe using quinoa (leftover from dinner)... visit my recipe collection here on Food52. It's healthy and cost effective using ingredients and leftovers already in your fridge :)
Catherine L. March 20, 2014
I'm skeptical about quinoa in desserts...but for you, Rémy, I will try it.