Quinoa is an amazing superfood. It’s packed with fiber, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids, making it one of the most nutritious things you can eat. Originating in the Andes region, it has recently been growing in popularity around the world.
But what to cook with it? Perhaps you’ve heard about quinoa and just purchased your first bag and don’t know what to do other than follow the directions on the package.
That’s why we decided to compile this great list of Quinoa Recipes, to give you plenty of great ways to serve this delicious and healthy grain.
From salads and bowls, to casseroles and soups, you’ll find a great variety of ways to cook quinoa. So start cooking your ways through this list of amazing recipes, and see which becomes your new favorite…
1. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
This Mediterranean quinoa salad is exactly what it sounds like, a quinoa salad made Mediterranean-style. It uses quinoa, roasted cherry tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, feta cheese, kalamata olives, toasted pine nuts, and more.
2. Summer Detox Chicken Buddha Bowl
You’ve got to try this summer detox chicken Buddha bowl. It’s everything that you’d need in a full meal, mixed right into a beautiful bowl. It makes a tasty dish that results in few dishes to clean afterwards.
3. Quinoa Salad
This quinoa salad is fantastic! It’s also super healthy thanks to ingredients like nutritious quinoa, fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, bright bell peppers, and more. Once it’s all mixed together, the salad is covered in a lemon herb vinaigrette.
4. Garlic Butter Shrimp and Quinoa
It might surprise you, but quinoa pairs quite well with seafood. This garlic butter shrimp and quinoa recipe creates a buttery seafood that’s tender, juicy, and light. The recipe makes this delicious seafood dish that’s sure to impress you.
5. Quinoa Chili
If it’s getting colder outside and you need something to warm you up, why not try this quinoa chili? It’s vegetarian and filled with protein, so if you want something that tastes great but is still healthy, then it’s the perfect fit for you.
6. Broccoli Quinoa Casserole
This broccoli quinoa is creamy, cheesy, and super comforting, and it has a rich and velvety sauce. It can serve as a hearty meatless dinner or a side for grilled or roasted meats.
7. Garlicky Mushroom Quinoa
This garlicky mushroom quinoa is simple and spectacular. It uses meaty cremini mushrooms that get pan fried in a ton of garlic and butter, to help pack a ton of extra flavors into the mushrooms. Then it gets mixed with cooked quinoa to make this awesome dish!
8. Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef
These quinoa stuffed peppers with ground beef create a meal that’s full of protein, and super scrumptious! It’s quick and easy to make, and mixing the quinoa with the ground beef helps add protein, iron, and other good stuff.
9. Curry Chicken and Quinoa Soup
If you’d prefer a soup dish, we have you covered there as well! This curry chicken and quinoa soup is flavorful and hearty. It’s filled with great ingredients like vegetables, protein-packed quinoa, chicken, chickpeas, and tons of spices.
10. How to Cook Fluffy Quinoa
Some people prefer to make their quinoa fluffier. If regular quinoa didn’t do it for you, try making it fluffy. It comes out fluffy, soft, and light – but it’s not mushy at all. It’s a perfect grain to cook ahead of time so you can use it throughout the week.
11. Honey Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad
This honey lime quinoa fruit salad is bursting with fresh flavors thanks to the delicious ingredients. It has quinoa, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, mangos, and more! They all combine to create a wonderfully creative and tasty fruit salad.
12. Chicken and Quinoa Tortilla Soup
Are you craving some chicken soup, but want it to be healthier? Well regardless of whether or not that describes you, you should give this chicken and quinoa tortilla soup a try. It’s filled with fiber and protein, and it’s cozy and comforting.
13. Quinoa, Black Bean and Corn Tacos
Everyone loves tacos, and these quinoa, black bean, and corn tacos are sure to become a new favorite for you and your family. Using the quinoa as a meat replacement works perfectly, and helps make the dish healthy and vegetarian.
14. Healthy Quinoa Salad
Another awesome salad on this list is this healthy quinoa salad. Quinoa salads are already pretty healthy, but this one is made with chickpeas, black beans, mangos, and avocados to keep it healthy and interesting.
15. Easy Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole
It’s always nice to make a recipe that’s easy, and this easy Mexican chicken quinoa casserole lives up to its name! It’s made with blistered peppers, quinoa, black beans, spicy chicken, and pepperjack cheese. All the ingredients create a marvelous casserole.
16. Quinoa Enchilada Bake (One Pan)
If you love recipes that only require one pan, you’ll love this quinoa enchilada. It uses sweet potatoes, black beans, and fire-roasted corn. It’s also vegetarian and vegan! It’s perfect if you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal.
17. Asian Quinoa Salad
This Asian quinoa salad is super healthy and filled with colorful vegetables and ingredients like carrots, red peppers, cucumbers, cilantro, and edamame. The salad is covered in a simple Asian dressing that you’re sure to love.
18. Mexican Quinoa
Another dish that’s filled with colorful vegetables is this marvelous Mexican quinoa. It uses Tex-Mex spices, hearty black beans, and tons of tasty vegetables like bell peppers, fire-roasted tomatoes, corn, and even more!
19. Summer Quinoa Salad
This summer quinoa salad is healthy, tasty, and easy to make! It uses a hearty quinoa, and various fruits and vegetables like peaches, tomatoes, corn, red onions, avocados, fresh basil, and more. The salad is also drizzled with a refreshing homemade lemon dressing.
20. Taco Lettuce Wraps with Turkey & Quinoa
Whether or not it’s Tuesday, it’s taco time! These taco lettuce wraps with turkey and quinoa make a meal that’s hearty, protein packed, and healthy. It’s super delicious, and it’s also quick and easy to prepare, you’ll be sure to love it!
21. Pomegranate Orange Quinoa Salad
This pomegranate orange quinoa salad is mouthwateringly great. It uses spinach, quinoa, mandarine oranges, and crunchy pistachios to create a salad that’s beautiful and delicious. It’s also covered in a creamy lemon Greek yogurt dressing and feta cheese.
22. Spicy Thai Chicken and Quinoa
If you’re looking for a spicy and flavorful dish, look no further. This spicy Thai chicken and quinoa recipe will set your taste buds on fire. The recipe uses chicken thighs for the chicken, and gets paired with quinoa, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, peanuts, and more.
23. Mushroom & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
It’s always a pleasure to make a dish that’s super unique, and that’s exactly what this mushroom and quinoa stuffed acorn squash recipe is! It’s a perfect recipe for fall or winter, and it’s also totally meatless, so it’s great for if you want to skip the meat.
24. Healthy Kale and Quinoa Minestrone Soup Recipe
This healthy kale and quinoa minestrone soup recipe is healthy, delicious, and sure to impress the whole family. It’s packed with veggies and beans for a ton of nutrition.
25. Thai Pineapple Fried Rice with Quinoa
If you’ve been waiting for a fried rice recipe on this list, your waiting is over! This Thai pineapple fried rice with quinoa uses a few different vegetables, and gets beautifully sautéed. Best of all, you can make it in about ten minutes!
26. Quinoa Crunch Salad with Peanut Dressing
Sometimes, you just want salad to have a nice crunch. This quinoa crunch salad with peanut dressing is super crunchy, and filled with crunchy rainbow vegetables, fluffy quinoa, juicy fresh mangos, chili lime cashews, and a creamy peanut dressing.
27. One-Pot Chicken, Quinoa, Mushrooms & Spinach Recipe
Another recipe that’s refreshingly easy to make is this one-pot chicken, quinoa, mushrooms, and spinach recipe. Not only is it already super easy to make because it only uses one pot, but the clean up is easy too, so it’s great for a quick and casual meal.
28. Caribbean Salmon Quinoa Bowls
These Caribbean salmon quinoa bowls create a healthy and filling dinner that’s perfect for a laid-back weeknight. The bowls use grilled salmon that gets served on top of quinoa, black beans, and a homemade mango salsa.
29. One Pan Cheesy Quinoa Taco Skillet
Another awesome one pan recipe is this one pan cheesy quinoa taco skillet. It can be made in about thirty minutes, so it’s quick and healthy. It’s filled with turkey, quinoa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, and Mexican spices.
30. Lemon-Chili Shrimp Quinoa Bowls
Continuing the list with another quinoa bowl recipe, we have these lemon-chili shrimp quinoa bowls. They’re perfect for lunch or dinner, and they make for an easy dish that’s perfect to prepare ahead of time for a busy day.
31. Enchilada Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini Boats
All the delicious flavors of enchiladas are combined into these tasty stuffed zucchini. Best of all, they can be made very quickly, in under thirty minutes.
32. Creamy Quinoa Soup
This creamy quinoa soup is super delicious, and it’s also packed with protein, essential vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. It’s Italian-inspired, and filled with carrots, onions, Italian seasoning, celery, cream, and more to create a wonderful soup.
33. Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Bowls
If you’re looking for a healthy way to fill your chicken craving, try out these beautiful barbecue chicken quinoa bowls. They are loaded with a variety of toppings, and they get drizzled in an amazingly delicious creamy avocado drizzle.
34. Cheesy Caprese Chicken & Quinoa Casserole
This cheesy caprese chicken and quinoa casserole is healthy, hearty, and absolutely bursting with flavors. It’s amazingly cheesy, and also pretty easy to make, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for a stress-free meal to make on a busy night.
35. One-Pan Spring Tuscan Quinoa Bake
Last but certainly not least, we have this one-pan spring Tuscan quinoa bake. It makes for a wonderful comfort food, but unlike most comfort food, it’s also healthy, so you won’t feel any guilt for chowing down on it.
So there you go, thirty five great recipes for those times you wonder “what to cook with quinoa?”
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- 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
- 2 cups of water
- Pinch of salt
- Place quinoa, water and salt in a large microwave safe bowl and mix well.
- Cover with a plate and microwave on high for 6 minutes.
- Stir, place plate back on and microwave an additional 2 minutes.
- Let sit, covered, for about five minutes while remaining water absorbs.
- Let me know which recipes you try, I love hearing from you!
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