20 Easy & Delicious Quinoa Recipes

by Krista on March 24, 2014 · 16 comments

20 Easy & Delicious Quinoa Recipes

As we head to the ever so lovely “bikini season” a.k.a dreaded season a.k.a.a. i-wish-i-wouldn’t-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!

Spinach & Cheddar Quinoa Cakes with Creamy Buffalo Dip | Running to the Kitchen


Honey Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Bowls | How Sweet it is


Coconut Almond Breakfast Quinoa | Our Best Bites


Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake | Half Baked Harvest

Unforgetable Chocolate Quinoa Cake | Barefeet in the Kitchen

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Thai Peanut Chicken Quinoa Bowls | Iowa Girl Eats


Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers | Damn Delicious


Garlic Butter Shrimp with Quinoa | Pinch of Yum


Chocolate Chip Quinoa Muffins | Yummy Healthy Easy


Baked Eggs with Quinoa and Fresh Salsa | This Gal Cooks


Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers | Love & Lemons


Brussel Sprouts with Quinoa & Cranberries | With Style & Grace


Quinoa Coconut Mango Breakfast Cookies | Healthful Pursuit


Mexican Quinoa & Sweet Potato Casserole | Fit Foodie Finds


 Black Bean, Feta & Avocado Quinoa Wrap with Avocado Tahini Sauce | Cooking Quinoa


Kale Quinoa Minestrone | Cooking Classy


Quinoa Fudge Brownies | Jeanettes Healthy Living


Crispy Baked Quinoa Crusted Chicken Parmesan | Closet Cooking

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Veggie Fried Quinoa | Nosh and Nourish


Pomegranate Salad with Quinoa | I Heart Naptime


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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Melanie @ Carmel Moments March 24, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Whoa! Great round up Krista. Definitely need to stock up on the quinoa for all these delicious recipes!


Krista March 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Thanks Melanie, after doing this post I am so inspired in the Quinoa realm. :)


Danelle March 24, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Oh, I’m so excited about this recipe collection! Thank you! Now to decide which one to try first. :)


Krista March 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM

haha.. I know… dessert, breakfast, salad, main course. The options are endless. :)


Chris @ Shared Appetite March 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Wow what a great roundup of quinoa recipes Krista! Pinning!! That mexican casserole with sweet potato is first on my list I think!


Krista March 25, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Thanks Chris… I know that one and the brownie one are on my list of one to dry… and the pomegranate one… and the burger.. ok.. all of them! :)


Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor March 24, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Thanks for the reminder about bikini season :P Love quinoa with everything! Pinned and looking forward to trying some of these recipes.


Krista March 25, 2014 at 7:57 PM

haha.. no problem. :) It is just around the corner, the pool opens here next month.. yippee! :) Thanks for the pin girl, hope you have a great rest of the day!


Happy Valley Chow March 24, 2014 at 9:38 PM

I haven’t cooked with quinoa very much, but clearly I need to change that. Thanks for sharing!

Happy Blogging!
Happy Valley Chow


Krista March 25, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Um… yes!!! Do it… you’ll love it!


laramealor.com March 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Never knew how many things you could use quinoa for… can’t wait to try some of these recipes. :)


Krista March 25, 2014 at 7:50 PM

I know right!? Dessert, breakfast, burgers, salads, everything! :)


Kelly March 27, 2014 at 5:53 AM

This is such a great round up Krista! I love quinoa and am always looking for new dishes and ways to make it – pinning :)


Krista March 27, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Thanks Kelly, I’ll definitely be trying a few of these myself. :)


Linda Warren April 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Thanks for sharing so many great Quinoa recipes. I just started cooking with this wonderful food about 2 months ago and can’t get enough! Thanks for sharing on Cast Party Wednesday.


Krista April 2, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Thanks Linda, quinoa is definitely pretty awesome and can be used with so much stuff. Thanks for the party!


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