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12 Must-try quinoa recipes

Kendra Y. Mims is a freelance writer and online content editor in the Chicagoland area. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Chicago in journalism. Her passions include writing, reading, and traveling.

Powerhouse dishes for a powerful you

Looking for ways to incorporate healthy food changes into your diet in 2014? Pack more protein into your meals by cooking with quinoa, known as one of the healthiest superfoods.

Breakfast

1

Cinnamon flavored quinoa with berries and nuts

Cinnamon flavored quinoa with berries and nuts

Jump-start your day with a gluten-free breakfast. This warm breakfast dish combines quinoa with cinnamon, berries and nuts to make a hearty morning dish.

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2

Quinoa carrot cake breakfast muffins

Quinoa carrot cake breakfast muffins

Enjoy breakfast that tastes like dessert with this delicious treat. These healthy quinoa muffins make the perfect grab-and-go meal when you're pressed for time.

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3

Drink up

horchata.

Add this high-protein food into your diet by turning it into horchata. This quinoa liquid recipe combines rice milk, agave nectar, pure vanilla extract and cinnamon for a delicious, refreshing drink.

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Lunch

4

Herbed quinoa salad

Herbed quinoa salad

Toss together quinoa, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh mint, toasted pine nuts and lemon juice to create this light and healthy salad. Serve this as a side dish or as your main entree for lunch.

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5

Arugula and quinoa salad

Arugula and quinoa salad

This light salad is packed with iron and protein thanks to the quinoa, arugula, pine nuts and goat cheese. Toss ingredients in a bowl and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

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6

Quinoa, black bean and corn salad

Quinoa, black bean and corn salad

If you're tired of making the same dishes for lunch, whip up this quick and easy-to-make colorful and hearty salad. Top with salsa and avocado to add extra zest.

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Dinner

7

Easy Southwestern quinoa bake

Easy Southwestern quinoa bake

This healthy and tasty Mexican-inspired dish is stuffed with black beans, corn, bell peppers, enchilada sauce and topped with cheese and sour cream. Throw in sliced avocado for extra flavor.

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8

Roasted peppers and mushrooms on quinoa

Roasted peppers and mushrooms on quinoa

Sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms combined with veggie broth and basil leaves add flavor to this colorful, vegan quinoa dish. Top the quinoa with the pepper mixture and garnish with pine nuts.

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9

Black bean and quinoa stuffed bell peppers

Black bean and quinoa stuffed bell peppers

Stuff green bell peppers with your favorite ingredients in this meatless dish. The combination of cumin, corn, black beans, quinoa, diced green chilies and diced tomatoes creates a filling meal. Bake the bell peppers and top with cilantro and cheese.

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Snacks

10

Quinoa pizza bites

Quinoa pizza bites

Enjoy the taste of pizza without the guilt from the calories when you whip up these pizza bites for you and your guests. These pizza bites make the perfect snack or appetizer for a game night. Top with mozzarella cheese and oregano and serve with a marinara dipping sauce.

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11

Apple quinoa parfait

Apple quinoa parfait

Skip dessert and opt for a healthy snack instead with this recipe. The apples, apple pie spice, plain Greek yogurt and apple cider give this quinoa dish an apple pie flavor. Serve as dessert or kick off your day with this dish for breakfast.

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12

Quinoa peanut butter banana bar

Quinoa peanut butter banana bar

Satisfy your sweet tooth craving by baking these guilt-free bars. Use all-natural peanut butter for a lighter bar or regular peanut butter to create a heavier bar. Top with chia seeds if desired.

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More quinoa recipes

Quinoa and cranberry salad
Quinoa veggie fried rice

Fried Thai quinoa

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