15 Easy Quinoa Recipes (2024)

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These quinoa recipes make it easy to incorporate this ancient grain into delicious meals! Try quinoa salad, chili, tacos and more.

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Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is one of the world’s most perfect foods (according tosome!), due to its high nutritional content. It’s actually a seed, not a grain, which makes it naturally gluten free. Quinoa is high in protein, calcium, Vitamin B, and iron. Fun fact: apparently the Incas thought it was sacred, because eating it regularly appeared to provide a long, healthy life.

How to incorporate this superfood in your everyday? Here are all the top easy quinoa recipes to do so, from quinoa salad to chili, tacos, grain bowls and more. All these quinoa meals and dishes have become family favorites and we hope they will in yours too!

And now…our top easy quinoa recipes!

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Perfectly Seasoned Quinoa

Whether you’re a lover or a hater, one thing is true. Quinoa right out of the pot is pretty bland. You’ve got to have a few tricks up your sleeve to make it taste amazing. Here’s our best quinoa recipe to make it into a perfectly seasoned side dish. Just a few simple ingredients transform it from bland to bursting with flavor! Even quinoa haters will will want to take another bite…promise.

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Go-To Quinoa Salad

Here’s a workhorse salad that’s fresh, delicious and ultra versatile: this deli-styleQuinoa Salad! There are loads of ways to make a salad with this fluffy grain and after experimenting for years, we’ve foundthe one. This quinoa recipe is delightfully refreshing, a jumble of crunchy, colorful veggies, fluffy quinoa grains, and a zingy Dijon mustard vinaigrette. It’s vegetable-packed, making it a great way to add veggies as a dinner side dish, lunch idea, or even picnics or potlucks.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh

Another fantastic quinoa salad...Quinoa Tabbouleh! There’s something about the combination of herbaceous parsley, bright lemon and crunchy tomatoes and cucumber that makes magic. Traditional Middle Eastern tabbouleh is made with bulgur wheat, a quick cookingwhole grain. But seeing as quinoa is the grain of the moment…why not try it with quinoa? Turns out it works perfectly, making a delicious gluten free spin on this classic salad.

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Breakfast Quinoa Bowl

Want to liven up your breakfast game? TryBreakfast Quinoa! This alternative to oatmeal is just as satisfying. Critics of quinoa find it bitter or bland, but this way to prepare it is anything but! Cook it with milk, maple syrup and cinnamon, then load it up with toppings like fresh berries, coconut and nut butter. It’s ahealthy breakfast ideathat’s a fun way to start the day.

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Loaded Quinoa Tacos

These loaded quinoa tacos are one of our very favorite inventive ways to eat quinoa!They’re delicious vegetarian taco recipe, featuring a taco spiced quinoa taco filling, bell pepper slaw, spicy sour cream (or vegan sour cream), and feta cheese! And they take only 30 minutes to make, putting them at the top of our list of easy quinoa recipes.

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Quinoa Chili

This protein-packed quinoa chili is a fan favorite!It’s beyond simple to make, and the flavor isoutstanding. (We hope you’ll agree.) It’s got a hint of smokiness to highlight the tangy tomatoes and savory black beans. Top it with your favorite toppings, and it’s so hearty and savory, you’ll forget it’s healthy, too.

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Easy Quinoa Bowl

Last up in our quinoa dishes: quinoa bowls! Bowl meals are so popular these days, and often they’re on our table because it’s one of the easiest ways to turn random ingredients into a healthy dinner! But here’s the thing: you can’t just throw anything into a bowl. A good grain bowl has to be well-seasoned, and play up contrasts in color, texture and flavor. This one is Greek-inspired and stars our easy canned chickpeas withseasoned quinoa, colorful veggies andtahini sauce.

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Kale Quinoa Salad

Here’s a quinoa recipe that’s beautifully fresh and saves well for meals throughout the week:kale quinoa salad! It’s full of healthy ingredients: quinoa, kale, peppers, carrots: and then covered in a delicious, ultra tangy dressing! It’ssoflavorful and keeps that flavor 3 to 4 days in the fridge. Lunches just got way more exciting! It also works as a side salad for healthy dinners.

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Quinoa Enchiladas

These delicious vegetarian enchiladas are stuffed with artichokes and quinoa! They’re a filling vegetarian recipe that’s perfect for feeding a crowd. When Alex first tried this quinoa recipe, he said the meatiness of the filling reminded him of chicken — which is big praise for a recipe that has no meat. Oh and they also look gorgeous! Topped with thinly sliced red onion rings, the lovely purple circles contrast against the bright Monterrey jack cheese, fresh cilantro, and crumbled queso fresco.

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Quinoa Fried Rice

Next up in our list of easy quinoa recipes, this quinoa fried rice! This unique take on fried rice is made with quinoa instead of rice, and packed with baby greens: spinach, chard and kale. Alex and I make quinoa fried rice without a recipe all the time as an easy weeknight meal. Once you make this recipe a few times, you can get the hang of it and customize to use up the veggies in your fridge. This is one of our top favorite quinoa meals: and especially for using up leftovers, since it’s made with cold quinoa!

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Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

This quinoa stuffed peppers recipe is a colorful and delicious healthy dinner, full of Mediterranean flavors like lemon, parsley and feta.Roasting peppers is quite easy: it takes just 30 minutes and you can do it while preparing the remainder of the recipe. To make the quinoa filling, saute shallot and garlic, then add the quinoa, chopped pistachios, parsley, paprika, oregano and lemon. Then stuff the filling into the peppers and sprinkle everything with a healthy dose of feta cheese (or omit for vegan).

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This Mediterranean quinoa salad features greens, feta cheese, kalamata olives and a quinoa tomato sofrito blend. It’s a copycat of a Panera quinoa salad we made as a reader request!Sofrito is a sauce used as a base in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Latin American cooking. In Spanish cuisine, it’s garlic, onion, paprika, and tomatoes cooked in olive oil.The quinoa tomato sofrito blend has an almost meaty texture, and makes this a hearty and filling main dish salad.

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Quinoa Burgers

This quinoa recipe takes a bit of time to put together, but it’s totally worth it! These flavorful quinoa burgers are easy to make and keep well in the fridge for several days. You can eat them with a bun, or place them on a bed of greens for a gluten free option. Top with hummus and avocado and dig in!

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Moroccan Chickpea Stew with Quinoa

This Moroccan stew recipe is ultra flavorful, with a blend of Moroccan spices that’s truly irresistible! And it’s full of nutrient rich vegetables: sweet potatoes,chickpeas, tomatoes and spinach. Serve it with quinoa for a delicious plant based dinner that’s also gluten free.

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Mediterranean Bowl

Looking for fresh quinoa dinner ideas? Try thisMediterranean Bowl, bursting with colorful veggies! It’s a simple “meal in a bowl” that stars spiced roasted vegetables, seasoned with an irresistible mix of cumin, coriander, garlic and a hint of cinnamon. Add to that quinoa, fresh cucumber and tomato, and top it all off with a creamy lemon tahini sauce.

How to cook quinoa

There are a few ways to cook quinoa. Over the years, Alex and I have messed up quinoa numerous times: cooking it too fast so it’s hard and crunchy, or overcooking it so it’s mushy. I will say, how to cook quinoa is not a simple matter! We have two methods we like to use to cook quinoa:

  1. Perfect Quinoa on the StovetopThis is our master recipe for cooking quinoa on the stovetop and the correct quinoa to water ratio. It takes about 25 to 30 minutes, and it requires a little baby sitting to make sure the liquid is cooking out evenly, but it’s mostly hands off.
  2. Instant Pot Quinoa (Pressure Cooker)If you have a pressure cooker, you can use it to make quinoa! It takes about 16 minutes and is almost totally hands off! This is the method we’ve started to use more often, since we have an Instant Pot. Get it: 6 Quart Instant Pot

Quinoa nutrition

Last up: is quinoa healthy? Yes, this superfood is loaded with nutritional benefits! Here’s a breakdown (data source:Quinoa Nutrition):

  • Quinoa is a plant-based protein powerhouse. 1 cup quinoa has 8 grams protein or about 16% of your daily value.
  • It’s loaded with fiber. 1 cup quinoa has 5 grams fiber, or about 20% your daily need.
  • Quinoais a good source of antioxidants and minerals. It provides more magnesium, iron, and zinc than many common grains.

How does quinoa stack up against rice? See Quinoa vs Rice: Which is Better?

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15 Easy Quinoa Recipes

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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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Here’s a basic quinoa recipe that’s seasoned so it tastes irresistible! This recipe will convince even quinoa haters take another bite.

Ingredients

Scale

  • 1 cup dry quinoa (or 3 cups cooked and skip Step 1 and 2)*
  • 1 tablespoon butter (olive oil or coconut oil for vegan)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoonkosher salt
  • Optional: ¼ cup finely chopped fresh herbs, like chives, basil, dill, oregano, thyme, cilantro, or Italian parsley, ¼ cup feta cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. Rinse the quinoa using a fine mesh strainer, then drain completely. Place quinoa in a saucepan with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer where the water is just bubbling for about 15 to 17 minutes, until the water has been completely absorbed. Check by pulling back the quinoa with a fork to see if water remains.
  2. Turn off the heat and let sit with the lid on to steam for 5 minutes, then fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  3. Stir in the butter, dried oregano, garlic powder, andkosher salt. If using fresh herbs, stir in the herbs (and feta cheese, if using). Taste and add additional salt if necessary.

Notes

*Other seasoning options:Mix the quinoa with ¼ cupbasil pesto, or stir in 2 teaspoonsItalian seasoning,herbes de Provence, orGreek seasoning.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Quinoa recipes, Quinoa, Easy quinoa recipes

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  • Summer Quinoa Salad with Corn
  • Quinoa Bean Salad with Lemon
  • Crispy Quinoa Granola
  • Vegan Quinoa Salad with Snap Peas
  • Pesto Quinoa Recipe
  • Quinoa Stuffed Grilled Zucchini
  • Grilled Eggplant with Herbed Quinoa
  • Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Herbs

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Quinoa is a versatile and nutritious seed that is often used as a grain substitute in various recipes. It is known for its high protein content, gluten-free nature, and abundance of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, Vitamin B, and iron. Quinoa was considered sacred by the Incas and was believed to promote a long and healthy life. Incorporating quinoa into your everyday meals can be easy and delicious. Here are some popular quinoa recipes:

Perfectly Seasoned Quinoa

To enhance the flavor of quinoa, you can try making a perfectly seasoned side dish. This recipe uses simple ingredients to transform bland quinoa into a burst of flavor [[1]].

Go-To Quinoa Salad

A versatile and refreshing option is the Quinoa Salad. This recipe combines fluffy quinoa grains with crunchy, colorful veggies and a zingy Dijon mustard vinaigrette. It can be enjoyed as a side dish, lunch idea, or even for picnics or potlucks [[2]].

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh is a twist on the traditional Middle Eastern tabbouleh salad. Instead of using bulgur wheat, quinoa is used to create a gluten-free version. The combination of herbaceous parsley, bright lemon, and crunchy tomatoes and cucumbers makes this salad a delicious and healthy option [[3]].

Breakfast Quinoa Bowl

For a nutritious and satisfying breakfast, you can try a Breakfast Quinoa Bowl. This alternative to oatmeal is cooked with milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon, and can be topped with fresh berries, coconut, and nut butter [[4]].

Loaded Quinoa Tacos

Loaded Quinoa Tacos are a creative and flavorful way to enjoy quinoa. These vegetarian tacos feature a taco-spiced quinoa filling, bell pepper slaw, spicy sour cream (or vegan sour cream), and feta cheese. They are quick and easy to make, taking only 30 minutes [[5]].

Quinoa Chili

Quinoa Chili is a protein-packed and flavorful recipe. It combines tangy tomatoes, savory black beans, and a hint of smokiness. This hearty and savory chili can be customized with your favorite toppings [[6]].

Easy Quinoa Bowl

Quinoa bowls are a popular trend in healthy eating. This Greek-inspired quinoa bowl features seasoned quinoa, canned chickpeas, colorful veggies, and a tahini sauce. It's a well-seasoned and balanced meal option [[7]].

Kale Quinoa Salad

Kale Quinoa Salad is a fresh and flavorful option that saves well for meals throughout the week. It combines quinoa, kale, peppers, carrots, and a tangy dressing. It can be enjoyed as a main dish or a side salad [[8]].

Quinoa Enchiladas

Quinoa Enchiladas are a colorful and delicious vegetarian dinner option. Stuffed with artichokes and quinoa, these enchiladas are topped with red onion rings, Monterrey jack cheese, fresh cilantro, and crumbled queso fresco [[9]].

Quinoa Fried Rice

Quinoa Fried Rice is a unique twist on the classic dish. Made with quinoa instead of rice and packed with baby greens like spinach, chard, and kale, this recipe is a quick and easy weeknight meal. It's a great way to use up leftover quinoa [[10]].

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers are a colorful and flavorful healthy dinner option. The peppers are roasted and filled with a quinoa mixture that includes shallots, garlic, pistachios, parsley, paprika, oregano, and lemon. Feta cheese can be added for extra flavor [[11]].

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is a hearty and filling main dish salad. It features greens, feta cheese, kalamata olives, and a quinoa tomato sofrito blend. Sofrito is a sauce used as a base in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Latin American cooking. This salad is packed with flavor and can be enjoyed as a meal on its own [[12]].

Quinoa Burgers

Quinoa Burgers are a flavorful and satisfying option. These vegetarian burgers can be enjoyed with a bun or on a bed of greens for a gluten-free option. They can be topped with hummus and avocado for added taste [[13]].

Moroccan Chickpea Stew with Quinoa

Moroccan Chickpea Stew with Quinoa is a flavorful and nutrient-rich plant-based dinner. It combines sweet potatoes, chickpeas, tomatoes, spinach, and Moroccan spices. Serve it with quinoa for a complete and gluten-free meal [[14]].

Mediterranean Bowl

Mediterranean Bowl is a colorful and fresh quinoa dinner idea. It features spiced roasted vegetables, quinoa, cucumber, tomato, and a creamy lemon tahini sauce. This meal is packed with flavor and textures [[15]].

When cooking quinoa, there are a few methods you can use:

  • Stovetop: Rinse the quinoa, then cook it in a saucepan with water until the water has been absorbed. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and season it with butter, dried herbs, and salt [[16]].
  • Instant Pot: If you have a pressure cooker, you can use it to cook quinoa. This method is quicker and requires less monitoring. Simply add quinoa and water to the Instant Pot and cook for the recommended time [[17]].

Quinoa is considered a healthy superfood due to its nutritional benefits. It is a plant-based protein source, high in fiber, and contains more magnesium, iron, and zinc than many common grains [[18]].

I hope these quinoa recipes inspire you to incorporate this nutritious seed into your meals! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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