30 Healthy Quinoa Recipes
If you are searching for great ideas and recipes for quinoa then you are in the right place. I have 30+ creative, unique and healthy quinoa recipes to share with you. I have been pulling together quinoa recipes for weeks, and I am bursting at the seams with them. It was one of those times when I just couldn’t stop, and before you know it I had thirty recipes!
Some of the following recipes come from our own recipe archives. The rest are from blogging friends. I was blown away by how many different ways everyone has been cooking with quinoa. You’ll find a basic tutorial on how to cook quinoa all the way to decadent pumpkin bread.
Some of the top on my list to try are Sweet Potatoes and Quinoa Stew, Spinach and Cheddar Quinoa Cakes and BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad. Which one of these fifty will you try first?
Different Ways To Cook Quinoa
Quinoa can be cooked in many different ways, depending on what you’ll be using it for and how you’ll be eating it. You can use quinoa for salads, as side dishes, in baked goods, in bars, granola–the list goes on. Whether you’re cooking quinoa on the stove or using a different method, the general grain to water ratio tends to be 1:2, just like rice and many other grains. Here are three cooking methods you can try:
On the Stovetop
This is a very simple and standard cooking method, and probably the one you’re most familiar with. Combine water, quinoa, and a pinch of salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover with a lid and reduce to a simmer. Cook until grains are tender and water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
With a Rice Cooker
If you decide to cook your quinoa using a rice cooker, do exactly what you would normally do if you were using rice. Add the water, quinoa, and a pinch of salt, then cover with the lid and turn the rice cooker on. Check-in occasionally to make sure the quinoa doesn’t overcook.
Boil and Drain Method
This is a foolproof method that works great if you’re concerned about getting mushy, overcooked quinoa. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil (use significantly more water than quinoa), then add the quinoa and boil until tender, about 15 minutes, depending. Drain in a fine-mesh sieve and return to the saucepan or a different bowl.
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If you are searching for great ideas and recipes for quinoa then you are in the right place. I have 30+ creative, unique and healthy quinoa recipes to share with you. You’ll love the way the woodsy notes in the sherry vinegar highlight the maple in this dressing for this Sherry Orange Quinoa Recipe. Serve it warm or room temperature.
6 strips bacon, chopped
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 red onion, diced
4 cups water
2 cups rinsed quinoa
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ cup dark pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon orange zest
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup chopped curly parsley
8 cups baby arugula
- Place chopped bacon in a large saucepan. Place over medium heat, and cook, stirring often until crispy and browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate with a slotted spoon and pour off fat from saucepan.
- Add 1 tablespoons oil to the saucepan and add onion. Return to medium high heat and cook, stirring often until the onion is softened and starting to brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Add water, quinoa and salt, increase heat to high and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Cover and reduce heat to maintain a simmer, medium low to low. Simmer until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, 18 to 22 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk maple syrup, vinegar, Dijon, orange zest. pepper and the remaining 3 tablespoons oil in the bowl.
- Add the hot quinoa and stir to coat. Stir in parsley and the bacon. Mound on top of arugula to serve.
- Serving Size: 1 cup Quinoa 1 Cup Arugula
- Calories: 290
- Sugar: 8 g
- Fat: 12 g
- Saturated Fat: 2 g
- Carbohydrates: 38 g
- Fiber: 4 g
- Protein: 8 g