This protein-packed, grain-like seed has soared in popularity the last couple of years. I love it because it's gluten-free and delicious. Plus, there are so many ways you can enjoy it, as the following recipes will demonstrate. Besides an impressive protein content, quinoa also contains plenty of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory proprieties. So whether you are enjoying it as a simple side, blending it into a pizza crust, or adding it to granola, you can be confident that there are many benefits to this beautiful grain. I thought it would be fun to show how diverse quinoa recipes are by giving you some fun ones for every meal — even dessert! 

Basic

For basis instructions on cooking quinoa, here is my method, which involves a soaking period. 

Creamy Quinoa Porridge with Coconut Milk and Spices

Breakfast

Red Quinoa Hot Cereal: This simple hot cereal recipe highlights its use for breakfast. Cooked in milk and served with chopped nuts and raisins, this is a fun take on the usual hot cereal we serve. 

Creamy Quinoa Porridge with Coconut Milk and Spices (shown above): This is one delicious way to enjoy a sweet, morning porridge with quinoa. I love the combination of spices and coconut milk in this recipe.  

Quinoa Granola: Quinoa has also been added to a variety of granola recipes for a delicious crunchy cereal (top yogurt with it, for a delicious protein-rich start to the day). 

Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Beets, and Arugula

Lunch

Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Beets, and Arugula: One of my favorite ways to use leftover quinoa is by tossing it into a green salad. This recipe highlights a bunch of delicious, nourishing foods for a refreshing light lunch or dinner.

Little Quinoa Patties: Graced with cheese and chives and held together with eggs, these delightful patties are a creative way to enjoy quinoa. 

Simple Quinoa Pilaf: This is a simple but flavorful way to enjoy quinoa for a quick lunch. 

Gluten-free Pizza Crust

Dinner

Gluten-free Pizza Crust (above): Incredibly, this crust is made with soaked whole quinoa as the main ingredient. It’s a great favorite in my family. 

Simple Mexican Quinoa Bowl: One simple dinner idea is to top quinoa with Mexican spiced beef, salsa, avocados, and whatever other toppings sound good. It’s easy and delicious. 

Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Quinoa Burger: Truth be told, I love both vegetarian and regular meat burgers, so this recipe really caught my eye. I love trying the unusual, and this recipe fits the bill. 

Dessert

Quinoa Chocolate Cake: Did you know that quinoa also makes great gluten-free flour? This recipe shows how delicious the results can be. (I’d probably use coconut sugar in place of the regular sugar in this recipe). 

Quinoa Pudding: Puddings made out of quinoa are also very popular. This is a great example. 

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