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Easy Quinoa Recipes

Easy Quinoa Recipes

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Quinoa can be cooked like rice and is ready in just 15 to 20 minutes. (Photo Modified: Flickr/jules:stonesoup)

Quinoa is a tiny seed with big health benefits. If you’re looking for easy ways to eat healthy, try cooking up some quinoa.

Quinoa can be cooked (and served) like rice. Put the quinoa and the liquid into a saucepan and bring the liquid to a boil. You’ll know that the quinoa is done when the seeds become slightly translucent and have a thin ring around them. When the quinoa is done cooking, leave the lid on the pan and let the quinoa steam for another 3 to 5 minutes. Then, fluff the quinoa with a fork and serve.

If you’re looking for a few easy quinoa recipes to get you started, read on.

Apricot Cilantro Quinoa Pilaf

Dried apricots and toasted pumpkin seeds give this nutty quinoa pilaf lots of texture and flavor. This sweet and savory dish is so delicious you’ll probably forget it’s also good for you! Click here for the recipe.

Perfect for a healthy meal on the go, these baked quinoa bites are cheesy and delicious. Plus, they’re loaded with flavor thanks to the Vidalia onions, minced garlic, fresh basil, and chili powder. Click here for the recipe.

You can’t talk about summer produce without talking about tomatoes and this easy-to-make salad is all about the tomatoes! They’re paired with protein-packed quinoa and fresh chives for a light yet filling summer salad. Click here for the recipe.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.

14 Easy Quinoa Recipes You’ll Love

Stock up on some quinoa, and you’ll be ready to make these easy quinoa recipes in no time!

I’m a huge fan of quinoa. It’s healthy, filling, and so versatile. It’s got a long shelf life, so it can hang out on your pantry shelf for a while until you’re ready to cook it up.

Plus, it’s great for meal prep: you can cook it ahead of time, then use it later in the week to throw together a quick meal.

Easy Quinoa Fried Rice

Did not want to give it a misleading name, because fried rice is a staple in Chinese cuisine and quinoa isn’t rice.

How do you make this Easy Quinoa Fried Rice?

  1. I basically followed one of my fried rice recipes, but substituted rice with quinoa. Of course there is a difference, but I love quinoa so much, that I can’t even notice it. It absorbs so much flavor in this dish and tastes awesome!
  2. Cook your quinoa, following the directions on the package.
  3. After you cook the quinoa, or white it is cooking you have to scramble the eggs. Heat oil (I used refined coconut oil), then add beaten eggs. Let them cook for 1 minute, then scramble and cook for 1 more minute. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Then cook the onion and garlic in some oil ( I used refined coconut oil), add the white part of the scallions and the mixed vegetables. Cook for 3 minutes, than add the sauce and quinoa. Stir fry for 1 minute, then remove from the heat.
  5. Top this easy quinoa fried rice with with chopped scallions (green part only) and sesame seeds (optional).

This quinoa fried rice is much better than fast food fried rice!

What kind of cooking oil should you use for this quinoa fried rice recipe?

  • vegetable, corn or canola – these oils work perfect
  • coconut oil – I like do make my stir fry with refined coconut oil. Why do I use refined, instead of unrefined? Because I don’t want to add coconut smell to the stir fry. Refined coconut oil lacks the coconut flavor, which makes it perfect for savory recipes like this one.
  • olive oil – I would’t use it in recipes like this quinoa fried rice recipe, since it is being cooked over a high temperature and olive oil is not recommended for recipes like this.

What kind of vegetables can you use for this easy quinoa fried rice?

  • Fresh vegetables are perfect, but not so convenient. You’ll need to buy all of them separately and then take the time to chop them.
  • If you are busy like me, but still want to hook healthy food, frozen vegetables are still a good option. This is what I used in this quinoa fried rice today – a mix of frozen peas, carrots, green beans and corn. Any frozen vegetables of your choice will fork. I recommend that you buy a package of “mixed” vegetables of your choice. They are easy to find and inexpensive.

Is there a vegan option for this Quinoa Fried Rice Recipe?

  • Yes! You can make a vegan quinoa fried rice.
  • If you decide to make this dish vegan, just make sure you use vegetable oil, leave the eggs out and use sauces that are vegan and you are good to go!

Can you add meat to this quinoa fried rice recipe?

  • You can add meat and make this dish more filling! Any kind of cooked meat like pork, chicken or beef would work.
  • You can also add seafood – like for example shrimp. I do have a separate recipe for Shrimp Fried Quinoa.

This easy quinoa fried rice takes less than 30 minutes to make and even less if you have pre cooked your quinoa. Chilled quinoa (just like rice) works best for this dish.

I know I’m not the first person to share this recipe on the internet, but I decided to post it, anyway!

It feels like I needed a break from all the dessert recipes lately, and especially after Valentine’s Day. That’s why the last few recipes are on the “healthier side”, hope you don’t mind.

I’ve wanted to share this quinoa fried rice recipe for a while now, but every time I make it, I’m in a rush and have to time to snap a picture.

I decided to make it yesterday, because I needed a quick and easy side dish. And since the Chinese New Year is today, the time was perfect.

Just wanted to wish all my friends, who celebrate a healthy, happy and lucky New Year!

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Quinoa Bowl with Chicken and Avocado Cream

Every grain bowl should have a successful balance of crunchiness, creaminess and bold flavor. In this Mexican-inspired bowl, the crunchy tortilla chips and roasted pepitas are nicely complemented by avocado cream and hearty quinoa. Make a big batch of quinoa and keep it frozen in re-sealable bags for up to 1 month thaw and reheat as needed. Having an arsenal of the premade stuff in your freezer will help cut down prep time on busy nights.

Grilled Scallops with Orange-Scented Quinoa

Quinoa takes on a whole new flavor when infused with orange zest and dressed with fresh citrus juice it makes the perfect accompaniment to grilled scallops.

Teriyaki Salmon Quinoa Bowls

Punch up your quinoa with Asian-inspired flavor by adding soy sauce and scallion. For an easy, tasty dinner, top the quinoa with shiitake mushrooms, bok choy and teriyaki-marinated salmon.

Herbed Quinoa

Nutty and protein-packed, quinoa doesn't need much dressing up: A simple vinaigrette and some chopped herbs are enough to turn this grain into a hearty side for fish, chicken or meat.

Quinoa and Vegetable Stuffed Peppers

Red bell peppers make colorful shells for a fluffy quinoa and Rachael's chile, eggplant and zucchini stuffing. Serve the stuffed peppers topped with crumbled feta for a hearty vegetarian meal that even meat eaters will love.

Asian Chicken and Quinoa Salad

This delicious, colorful salad is a great way to introduce quinoa to your family.

Quinoa Crust Pizza

Quinoa makes for a chewy crust reminiscent of pizza dough but with an extra earthiness. You can prepare the crust ahead of time, then top and bake just before serving.

Kale and Quinoa Salad

Valerie says that quinoa is the perfect grain substitute because of its high protein content. When paired with blanched kale, her salad has a hearty bite without tasting bitter.

Mexican Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

This high-protein and fiber-loaded breakfast bowl is the answer for those who dislike sweet breakfast foods. You can thank the quinoa for about half the total protein. We like the red variety because it holds its shape during cooking and has the benefit of extra antioxidants. Make the quinoa ahead of time, and heat it in the microwave before topping.

Lentil Quinoa Salad

Melissa&rsquos trick for perfect quinoa? She microwaves the grain until it&rsquos nutty, chewy and tender. Once cooked, she combines the quinoa with lentils, scallion and cilantro to make a foolproof side dish that&rsquos kind to your budget.

Chicken and Quinoa Soup

Say goodbye to soggy noodles. With fresh veggies and fiber-rich quinoa, this easy soup is the perfect pick-me-up for those times you crave comfort food, but still want to eat a healthy meal.

Vegan Quinoa-Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash

This stuffed squash isn't trying to trick you into thinking it's stuffed with meat. And it doesn't have to. The quinoa filling is satisfying enough on its own, full of spiced warmth (thanks to the curry powder) and salty sweetness (from the pistachios and cranberries).

Instant Pot Chicken with Quinoa, Pistachios and Apricots

This is going to be your new go-to healthy weeknight dinner. Full of protein and fiber, this dish is light, yet very satisfying. The heat of the chile and ginger balance out the sweetness of the apricot, and the pistachios provide a pleasant crunch.

Quinoa Shrimp Fried "Rice"

This shrimp-and-vegetable fried rice actually sidelines the rice in favor of quinoa, which increases the nutrition and adds a gorgeous texture.

Quinoa Corn Chowder

Trisha loves this soup because it&rsquos warm, hearty and delicious. In addition to golden quinoa, she uses frozen corn, shrimp and potatoes to bring the dish together.

Quinoa with Chicken and Lentils

This low-calorie Middle Eastern-inspired dinner uses darkly browned onions and a few spices to develop big flavor without relying on extra fat. A small amount of leftover rotisserie chicken makes this balanced meal budget-friendly, too.

Mexican Green Quinoa

Quinoa has Peruvian origins and was named the "mother grain" by the ancient Incas. Although it's actually a seed, quinoa is used in place of grains (and part of the same family as spinach) and it's high in protein and has a large nutrient-rich germ. Quinoa seeds are naturally coated in saponins, which have a bitter, soapy taste, so be sure to thoroughly rinse the grains before cooking them &mdash or buy pre-rinsed quinoa. Serve this simple but delicious dish alongside grilled chicken or enchiladas.

Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Black Olives

Bobby mixes up a cool simple salad of quinoa, grilled asparagus and aged goat cheese dressed with a red wine vinaigrette. Make it ahead and serve at room temperature in place of pasta salad if you're looking to up the healthy factor at your next backyard barbecue.

Quinoa with Buttery Roasted Vegetables

Ree combines quinoa with roasted veggies, pine nuts, parmesan and a buttery dressing in this delicious dish. Serve it hot or cold &mdash either way, it&rsquos a great side for any protein.

Greek Quinoa Salad

Bobby&rsquos five-star salad is a fan-favorite for a reason. It&rsquos full of healthy (and hearty!) quinoa and fresh veggies, plus a sprinkle of creamy, salty feta. Bonus: The flavors continue to develop as the salad sits, so feel free to prepare in advance!

Perfect Quinoa

There are many varieties of quinoa, ranging in color from white to red to black, but all can be prepared with this basic, foolproof method that produces light and fluffy results every time. In nature, quinoa (which is not a true grain but the seed of a tree fruit) is coated with a bitter substance called saponin that acts as a repellent to predators. Though most quinoa you buy comes prewashed these days, it doesn't hurt to give it a quick rinse as called for below. Prep-ahead this large batch for using as a side dish or in salads or bowls during the week.

15 Best Quick and Healthy Quinoa Recipes

To compensate for all those non-diet-friendly recipes I started posting since the start of January – particularly that lemon butter chicken and the easy creamy mushrooms – I thought it would be best to redeem myself by rounding up some of my favorite quinoa recipes. After all, life is all about balance, right?

1. Quinoa Enchilada Casserole – A lightened-up, healthy enchilada bake chockfull of quinoa, black beans and cheesy goodness. [GET THE RECIPE.]

2. Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette – Perfect as a light lunch or even a meatless Monday dinner option. [GET THE RECIPE.]

3. Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers – These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal. [GET THE RECIPE.]

4. Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa – Start your day off right with this protein-packed breakfast bowl. [GET THE RECIPE.]

5. Roasted Shrimp Quinoa Spring Rolls – Quinoa is a wonderful protein-packed substitute for rice noodles in these easy peasy spring rolls. [GET THE RECIPE.]

6. Whole Food’s California Quinoa Salad – A healthy, nutritious copycat recipe that tastes 1000x better than the store-bought version. [GET THE RECIPE.]

7. Garlic Mushroom Quinoa – An easy, healthy side dish that you’ll want to make with every single meal. [GET THE RECIPE.]

8. Strawberry Quinoa Salad – A healthy, filling salad tossed in a sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette, creating the perfect blend of flavors. [GET THE RECIPE.]

9. Quinoa Chicken Parmesan – With an amazingly crisp quinoa crust, you’ll never guess that this is actually so healthy and packed with tons of protein. [GET THE RECIPE.]

10. Black Bean Quinoa Salad – A light and refreshing salad tossed in an orange vinaigrette, loaded with plenty of fiber. [GET THE RECIPE.]

11. Asian Quinoa Meatballs – Perfect as a light dinner over brown rice and a side of roasted vegetables. [GET THE RECIPE.]

12. Quinoa Fruit Salad – This protein-packed salad is balanced with a tart vinaigrette and refreshing mint. [GET THE RECIPE.]

13. Broccoli Quinoa Casserole – Healthy, cheesy comfort food without any of the guilt. [GET THE RECIPE.]

14. Asian Quinoa Salad – A quick and easy healthy salad dressed in sweet and tangy Asian flavors, loaded with tons of vibrant veggies. [GET THE RECIPE.]

15. One Pan Mexican Quinoa -Wonderfully light, healthy and nutritious. And it’s so easy to make – even the quinoa is cooked right in the pan. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Weight Loss Diet: 3 Easy Quinoa Recipes You Can Try At Home To Shed Extra Kilos


Superfoods have been ruling the world of food and nutrition for the past few years now. Health enthusiasts have been raving about countless benefits of certain superfoods that are not going away anytime soon. One such superfood is - quinoa. Nutritionists across the globe have been vouching for this whole grain that is power-packed with essential nutrients required by the human body. Grain-like seed that can be cooked like rice, quinoa has gained massive popularity for being exceptionally nutrient-dense. It is of the best protein-rich whole grains for weight loss a 100gm serving of quinoa contains 14gm of protein and 7gm of fibre, as per the USDA nutritional data.

Ample amount of protein in quinoa gives vegetarians, who often find themselves with dearth of options, an excellent plant-based source of protein in their diet. Both protein and fibre have properties that induce satiety that further control hunger pangs. And, if you thought quinoa is all about health and boring diet-friendly recipes, we have a surprise for you. Quinoa is a versatile pseudo-grain that can be easily included in a number of dishes you cook at home. Crunchy and flavourful, quinoa is all you need when you start your weight-loss journey.

Here are 3 of the best quinoa recipes from our archive that you can easily try at home and include in your weight-loss diet.

1. Coconut Lime Quinoa Salad

Here is a vibrant, light and flavourful quinoa recipe that can be your go-to salad for weight loss. With onions, purple cabbage, orange, coconut and avocados, all mixed in with the quinoa, this salad is no less that a vibrant burst of colours and flavours, which is extremely fresh and simply irresistible with the tang of lime.

2. BBQ (Barley, Beets, Quinoa)

Barley, beetroot and quinoa - if this doesn't sound like the perfect balance of nutrition and flavour, what else will? A vegan salad with the goodness of these three wholesome ingredients tossed together with a tangy lime dressing, apples and vinaigrette, is a delightful treat. What's more? It is served on a bed of arugula leaves giving a beautiful look to the dish.

3. Quinoa With Vegetables

Nutty, flavourful and refreshing, quinoa sauteed with nutrient-rich veggies such as zucchini, bell peppers, beans and onion along with apricots, makes for a wonderful meal for weight-loss diet. One can cook this quick and easy quinoa recipe for lunch or a simple snack.

Even though, quinoa is valued as a source of dietary protein, as it contains all nine essential amino acids we suggest you to consult a nutritionist for a meal plan that includes quinoa in your diet to fully optimise its benefits. You can also let us know your ideas of incorporating quinoa in a diet in the comments section below.

About Aanchal Mathur Aanchal doesn't share food. A cake in her vicinity is sure to disappear in a record time of 10 seconds. Besides loading up on sugar, she loves bingeing on FRIENDS with a plate of momos. Most likely to find her soulmate on a food app.

20 Easy & Delicious Quinoa Recipes

As we head to the ever so lovely &ldquobikini season&rdquo a.k.a dreaded season a.k.a.a. i-wish-i-wouldn&rsquot-have-eaten-that-last-cookie-now-i-need-to-go-run-3-miles season its time to get serious about healthy eating ! A great way to start is by using quinoa in your recipes.

What is Quinoa? Well, it is essentially a seed that is gluten-free and whole grain. When cooked up tastes like a cross between oatmeal and rice. It is high in protein, low in fat, has a good amount of fiber and iron, and contains no gluten.

In order to get you started on your gluten-free Quinoa adventure here are 20 amazingly light, easy, and healthy Quinoa Recipes. They range from desserts to burgers to salads and even breakfast foods. I hope you enjoy. Let me know which one was your favorite!

Friday: Stir-Fry or Skillet

Quinoa takes rice’s place as the ideal base for stir-fries. It perfectly soaks up sauces, and its fluffy texture and mild flavor contrast with crispy veggies and spicy sauces: Crispy Bourbon Tofu Stir Fry from Connoisseurus Veg (pictured above) | Quinoa Vegetable “Fried Rice” | Kale and Quinoa Skillet with Mushrooms and Herbs (halve the recipe) | Kung Pao Tempeh

In addition to these recipes with quinoa, try using quinoa in pizza crust, risotto, granola or even chocolate pudding. And many other healthy quinoa recipes!

Want to know how to cook quinoa?

Cooking quinoa is easy. All you have to do is combine 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water or broth( I prefer vegetable broth), and 1 tbsp of salted butter in a medium sized pot. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Once it starts to boil, reduce the heat to low, and cook until the liquid is absorbed! The result is super flavorful & fluffy quinoa!

Not wanting to cook quinoa on the stove top? You can cook quinoa in a rice cooker too! Simply cook it with the same ingredients listed above, and turn on the rice cooker!



We came across the creative Guacamole Quinoa recipe pictured above on the food blog Foxes Love Lemons a while back and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to share it. Finally, that day has come! Basically, all you do is whip up guac like you normally would and then add in some chopped mango and quinoa for some extra texture, flavor and staying power, but definitely click on the link above for the full recipe—and combine it with one of our ETNT-approved healthy chips.

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Skillet

Tasty BBQ doesn&rsquot have to take forever, folks. Andi from The Weary Chef uses store-bought barbecue sauce to liven up a simple chicken and quinoa skillet&mdashand it&rsquos ready in just 25 minutes. Just be sure to seek out a low-sugar BBQ sauce to keep the total amount of the sweet stuff in check. Options with 7 grams sugar or less per 2-tablespoon serving are best.