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10 Quick Quinoa Recipes

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Quinoa pronounced KEEN-Wah has quickly become a staple in my cooking. I love that it is quick and easy to prepare, has outstanding nutritional value and is allergy-free. Since it cooks through in less than 20 minutes, it is a useful grain substitute in just about any recipe. A single serving is high in healthy fats, fiber protein, iron, magnesium phosphorus, and riboflavin.  Quinoa is also gluten free! Increase your nutritional grain options with these quick and convenient Quinoa recipes.  

Simple Quinoa and Vegetables
This protein-rich vegetarian recipe is simple to make and tasty to eat!
Calories: 292.9   Fat: 15.2 g   Protein: 11.6 g   Carbs: 60.2 g   Fiber: 7.6 g

Stepfanie's Quinoa-Black Bean Casserole
An experiment with leftovers yield a delightful, filling vegetarian meal. 
Calories: 255.9   Fat: 4.3 g   Protein: 15.4 g   Carbs: 40.7 g   Fiber: 9.6 g

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

Enjoy a gluten-free breakfast 
Calories: 228  Fat: 4.5 g   Protein: 8.9 g   Carbs: 50.1 g   Fiber: 4.7 g

'Cheesy' Quinoa-Sweet Potato Casserole

This recipe came about because I had just made vegetable enchiladas and had leftovers, plus quinoa from earlier in the week. Thankfully, this experiment yielded a hearty, delicious meal.
Calories: 328.7   Fat: 8.1 g   Protein: 15.5 g   Carbs: 51 g   Fiber: 12.5 g

Quinoa Meatloaf Muffins

Give a healthy twist to a family favorite. The Quinoa adds extra protein and vitamins. 
Calories: 281.2   Fat: 11.2 g   Protein: 19.6 g   Carbs: 25.2 g   Fiber: 2.5 g

Quinoa and Pomegranate Salad with Toasted Almonds

Festive and healthy -- a great side dish for the holidays or anytime.
Calories: 216   Fat: 7.2 g   Protein: 6.8 g   Carbs: 32.4 g   Fiber: 3.7 g

Chicken Vegetable Soup with Quinoa

The quinoa adds a nutty flavor to this simple soup made from packaged, fresh and frozen ingredients.
Calories: 158.9   Fat: 2.1 g   Protein: 12.5 g   Carbs: 24.3 g   Fiber: 4.4 g

Quinoa Burgers

These burgers are filled with flavor and nutrition.
Calories: 369.7   Fat: 15.8 g   Protein: 10.8 g   Carbs: 48.4 g   Fiber: 7.1 g

Quinoa Con Pollo (quinoa-chicken pilaf)

The quinoa provides added protein & fiber, plus some fun mouth-texture, & with the veggies included this is basically a one-dish meal!
Calories: 306   Fat: 6 g   Protein: 22.8 g   Carbs: 40.6 g   Fiber: 5.1 g

Quinoa Banana Muffin

Start your day or enjoy afternoon snack with these healthy muffins.
Calories: 136.9   Fat: 6 g   Protein: 4.7 g   Carbs: 25.5 g   Fiber: 4 g

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Inspired by this article i cooked up a small pot of quinoa. This was from a new bag by Earthly Choice. It has a distinct bitter taste that i've never noticed before with quinoa. Anyone else experienced this? Report
My favorite quinoa recipe is one I found here on Sparkpeople-Vegan Dirty Quinoa and Red Beans. It should definitely be considered for a best recipe. Report
Hmmmmm Maybe I'll try Quinoa. Report
Looks good. Report
I hadn't realised that quinoa is a good source of protein. I'm always looking for ways to get more protein into my meals and this is great - thank you! Report
Thanks for these! We bought some quinoa to try awhile back, and I confess I wasn't really sure what to do with it :o. That Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa sounds fantastic! Am going to try making that, but with almond milk instead of soy :-) Report
I started eating quinoa over the summer, mainly just with chopped veggies and beans - But I LOVE these ideas! Can't wait to try them out spice things up a bit!!! Thanks for this article!! Report
I find a lot of people overlook the fast instant breakfast that can be made with Quinoa flakes. Put some in a bowl. Add boiling water and stir until desired thickness. Add favourite toppings. I use it when backpacking for a quick nutritious breakfast on the trail as it does not require any cooking beyond the hot water but it also works well for an instant breakfast at home.
I would like to try it but I am not sure where to buy it in Canada. Report
I bought some Quinoa and cooked it once. Love the flavor! It makes more than I thought. Problem for me it was the kind you wash. Didn't enjoy that. :) I am interested in using it more and these are some very appetizing recipes. Quinoa is very healthy for us so I'm going to try to use up what I've bought. Thanks for all the recipes. I'm all for eating what's healthy and the various ways I can enjoy it. Report
RUTHXG! Thank you for submitting the recipe. Report
Oh fun, one of my recipes (quinoa con pollo) is included! Great list; I already had saved some of them to try. My next experiment will be the apple-cinnamon breakfast quinoa--it looks yummy! Report
I am really considering adding quinoa to my diet. I enjoy trying new foods for variety. The nutritional value is a plus!
Thanks! Report
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