For the Love of Quinoa

   By savvyjulie  Sep 19, 2011

I keep a collection of glass canning jars, filled with dry bulk ingredients, lined up on a shelf in my kitchen. Not only is it functional, making it easy for me to remember what I have on hand and what I need to buy more of, but it also looks nice.

One of my largest jars is devoted to quinoa, and I always make sure I have plenty because it is a great source of protein. I try to limit myself to cooking with meat only once or twice a week, and as a “complete protein,” eating quinoa is a great option for the rest of the week. Quinoa also comes packed with plenty of fiber, phosphorus, magnesium, and iron.

A few quinoa cooking tips:

  • Always rinse the quinoa before cooking to remove the bitter outer coating on the seeds.
  • Like rice, quinoa should be cooked in a 1 part quinoa to 2 parts liquid ratio.
  • Simmer quinoa on the stovetop until most of the liquid is absorbed

There are so many great ways to prepare quinoa. Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad from What’s Gaby Cooking
Breakfast Quinoa On-the-Go from Savvy Eats
Caprese Quinoa with Homemade Basil Oil from How Sweet Eats
Fresh Cherry and Pecan Quinoa from How Sweet Eats
Lemon-Scented Quinoa Salad from 101 Cookbooks
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad from Daily Garnish
Quinoa Black Bean Mango Salad from Joy the Baker
Quinoa Pudding with Macerated Strawberries and Pistachios from Cannelle et Vanille
Quinoa Salad with Fava Beans, Pine Nuts, and Feta Cheese from Dana Treat
Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Summer Vegetable Quinoa from Savvy Eats
Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes from Eating Bird Food
Vanilla Rooibos Quinoa Pudding with Cherry and Pistachio from Healthy Delicious
Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa from 101 Cookbooks


Have you tried quinoa?  Which of these recipes sound the most intriguing to you?

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Bearyunique by Bearyunique | Southington, OH
Sep 20, 2011

I love quinoa. I eat it at breakfast. I cook the quinoa in coconut milk with a stick of cinnamon, after it cooks I add fresh berries to it. So delicious.

1shoppingmama by 1shoppingmama | Albuquerque, NM
Sep 19, 2011

I've never heard of quinoa before, but I'm interested. What does it taste like and what is the texture like?

Hywelda9 by Hywelda9 | SADDLE BROOK, NJ
Sep 19, 2011

My family and I have always enjoyed quinoa - ever since the days when I first learned of the importance of whole grains! Actually, I just bought a big box of bags of it through Amazon, which I will divide up between my married daughters and myself. We prefer it as a simple side dish, or mixed with lentils.

heatherv112506 by heatherv112506 | Vero Beach, FL
Sep 19, 2011

I actually have never heard of this before o.O I need to give it a try! I do have extremely picky eaters in my house So I am actually curious if they would be able to taste it in certain recipes.

alowe92865 by alowe92865 | taylor, MI
Sep 19, 2011

Quinoa has become a staple in our home. My husband and children who are fussy eaters love it because it can be used in so many different recipes.

tara1sh by tara1sh | HAYWARD, CA
Sep 19, 2011

My husband & I love Quinoa. I use this in burritos, with beans, as a side dish. There are so many ways. Many of these recipes sound really good to me but especially the Mediterranean Quinopa salad and the Quinoa Black Bean salad. I would not mind trying most of them. This grain sure fills me up and is really healthy for you. It is also easy to prepare.