It’s been touted as the new superfood, going from almost unknown to super-trendy seemingly overnight. So what’s all the fuss about? Quinoa is a tiny little grain, stuffed with tons of things your body needs. It’s packed with protein, calcium, fiber, iron, lysine, magnesium and more.
So we know it’s good for us, but does it taste good? Believe it or not, it does. Quinoa tastes a bit like rice, but with a nuttier taste and creamy, crunchy and fluffy texture (depending on how it’s cooked, of course). It’s also ultra-versatile. Once you jump on the quinoa bandwagon, you’ll be blown away by all the things you can do with it. To help you get started, we’ve compiled some of our favorite quinoa recipes. Which one will you try first?
Start your day off right. Skip the oatmeal and try a hot bowl of quinoa topped with berries.
Parfaits make for a healthy breakfast or a stellar snack. Change yours up by switching the granola for quinoa.
This quinoa-filled muffin helps you start your day off with a bang. Make a batch ahead of time, and grab one for on-the-go to beat the morning rush.
This super-healthy smoothie is great for a healthy snack, but filling enough to serve for breakfast or lunch. Try adding different fruit to change up the flavor.
Save a trip (and a few bucks) by creating your own version of this tasty sandwich alternative.
This light spring salad is made more filling with a sprinkling of hearty quinoa.
Breaded chicken is so delicious… and so bad for you. Quinoa gives us a guiltless option for that same great taste.
We like to think of white rice as a healthy food, but it's not so much — especially when it’s fried. Try your favorite Asian-inspired side dish with quinoa, instead.
Chicken, veggie and quinoa-filled zucchini boats are hearty enough for dinner at home, and cute enough to serve to company.
Traditional sausage and peppers is a classic meal. Let quinoa bring it up to speed with a healthy twist.
Quinoa goes Southwestern in this spicy meatless casserole.
Let your slow cooker do all the work with this one. Come home to the delicious aroma of this unforgettable soup, and serve up a bowl right away.
Lunch, dinner, snack? This dish works for all three. Quinoa mixes with cheese, pepperoni, eggs and seasoning to form the crust of this pizza, cutting out the crust — and tons of the fat.
Got a picky eater on your hands? Sometimes you have to hide the healthy stuff from the kids (and the husband). Mix it in with turkey meatballs for a nutritious meal, and no one will be the wiser.
Risotto is classic side dish — perfect for when you want to feel classy. Use quinoa instead of rice for a little more texture and a lot more flavor.
Did someone say bacon? These classic tastes come together in a dish made with no pasta, thanks to quinoa's magical powers. And with all that bacon and cheese, you'll never know the difference (and if you do, you won't care).
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