Start cooking this popular ancient grain with 40 healthy quinoa recipes for every meal of the day.
This post was compiled with the assistance of Nutritioulicious intern Amanda Mateer
Although relatively new to most Americans, quinoa has been a staple of the of Inca diet in Bolivia, Peru, and Chile for over 5,000 years. In fact, quinoa means “the mother grain” in the Inca language. While some people may still not know how to pronounce this grain, quinoa (pronounced Keen-wa, by the way) has quickly become a pantry staple in our house.
Despite its use as a grain, quinoa is actually a seed and referred to as a pseudo grain – similar to buckwheat and teff, other ancient grains that have recently become popular. You also may be surprised to learn that quinoa comes from the same family as Swiss chard, spinach, and beets, and since it’s actually a seed, it’s gluten free.
Compared to other gluten-free grains, quinoa contains more antioxidants, fiber, iron, and most notably protein. In fact, quinoa is one of the only plant foods that’s a complete protein – meaning it contains all of the essential amino acids your body needs. Recent research has shown health benefits of quinoa including its potential in managing type 2 diabetes and its positive effect on appetite control and blood lipid profile, including triglycerides and cholesterol.
Quinoa is often used in dishes in place of rice and other grains, but it is increasingly being used as a gluten-free flour substitute and for a variety of other culinary uses. Personally, my favorite thing about quinoa is how quickly it cooks up – 15 minutes is all it takes!
To help you join in on the recent quinoa craze we’ve compiled a roundup of nutritious and delicious quinoa recipes that can be used for round the clock meals, as well as healthy on-the-go snacks for the whole family!
Cherry Vanilla Quinoa Breakfast Bowl @ The Nutty Nutritionist
Quinoa Breakfast Bars @ The Lean Green Bean
No Need to Stop for Breakfast Bars @ Craving Something Healthy
Coconut Quinoa Breakfast @ Fannetastic Food
Banana Nut Quinoa Bars @ The Wholesome Dish
Green Eggs Quinoa Muffins @ Nutrition a La Natalie
Overnight Almond-Chia Breakfast Quinoa @ Homemade Nutrition
Quinoa Breakfast Nibbles @ The Nutrition Twins
Coconut Cream Pumpkin Quinoa Porridge @ Cotter Crunch
Corn and Black Bean Quinoa Salad @ Small Bites by Jessica
Quinoa Greek Salad for One @ Nourished Simply
Autumn Apple Quinoa Salad @ Meal Makeover Moms
Triple Berry and Quinoa Salad with Mixed Greens @ Healthy Ideas Place
4 Ingredient Quinoa Salad @ Fannetastic Food
Southwest Quinoa Salad @ Chocolate Slopes
Cranberry and Kefir Quinoa Salad @ My Menu Pal
Arugula and Quinoa Salad with Avocado & Bacon @ Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
Quinoa Salad with Dried Cranberries and Almonds @ Chocolate Slopes
Entrees and Side Dishes
Quinoa Gratin @ Eating with a Purpose
Veggie and Bean Quinoa Bites @ Small Bites by Jessica
Coconut Quinoa Bowl @ Eat Real Food
Curried Quinoa with Butternut Squash and Pepitas @ Nourish. Breathe. Thrive
Grilled Eggplant Quinoa Stacks @ Craving Something Healthy
Buffalo Chicken Quinoa @ Smart Nutrition
One-Pot Black Bean Quinoa Chili with Avocado @ The Nutrition Twins
Buffalo Chickpea Quinoa Burgers with “Blue Cheese” Dressing @ The Foodie Dietitian
Acorn Squash Stuffed with Pumpkin Seed & Cherry Quinoa Pilaf @ The Spicy RD
Curried Quinoa Stuffed Squash @ Plant Eaters’ Manifesto
Quinoa-Stuffed Cornish Hens @ Small Bites by Jessica
Black Bean Fried Quinoa @ Marisa Moore Nutrition
Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes @ RDelicious Kitchen
Spicy Quinoa Skillet @ Hungry Hobby
Colorful Quinoa Tabouleh @ Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
Gluten Free Slow-Cooker Orange Date Cake @ Healthy Aperture
Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookie Bars @ Simply Quinoa
Quinoa Banana Bread @ Cotter Crunch
Multi-Grain Vegan and Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies @ Go Dairy Free
Chocolate Quinoa Energy Balls @ The Yooper Girl
If there aren’t enough recipes here for you, my friend and fellow dietitian Holley Grainger shared 12 Dietitian-Approved Healthy Quinoa Recipes on her blog last week!