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12 Ideas for Cooking Quinoa

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Rich in protein and many other nutrients, quinoa comes by its superfood reputation honestly. But most cooks fall in love with it for its unique texture: tender and light with an an ever-so-slight crunch. Whether you love it or are just getting to know it, these recipes will help broaden your quinoa repertoire.


Pumpkin-Quinoa Soufflé

A perfect soufflé is a work of art: puffed, light as air, but here made more far more healthy and hearty with featherweight quinoa in the mix.

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Five-Spice Quinoa with Toasted Almonds

The peppery, anise-y flavors of Chinese five-spice powder play well against the slight nuttiness of quinoa. Toasting the quinoa in a little oil adds a pleasing nuance of flavor.

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Breakfast Quinoa

Quinoa makes a soothing porridge, a perfect choice for a higher-protein breakfast. Top it with your favorite berries, nuts or fruit.

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Quinoa and Avocado Salad with Dried Fruit, Toasted Almonds, and Lemon-Cumin Vinaigrette

Besides its attractive maroon color, red quinoa has a slightly deeper, nuttier flavor than white quinoa. Both, however, are excellent in this bright, lemony salad.

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Quinoa-Black Olive Cakes with Baby Greens & Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

These crisp-crusted quinoa cakes provide a mild canvas for the bold flavors of olives, peppers, and greens. With white beans to give them some heft and heartiness, they make a terrific meatless main course.

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Southwestern Quinoa Salad with Black Beans & Farm Stand Veggies

The brick-adobe red color of red quinoa was the inspiration for this Southwestern-style salad, with spices, black beans, and farm stand veggies like corn and zucchini (perfect for potlucks and picnics).

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Curried Tomato Soup with Fragrant Quinoa

This soup, delicious hot or cold, infuses quinoa with ginger, star anise, and cinnamon.

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Quinoa Salad with Apples, Walnuts, Dried Cranberries & Gouda

With its dried fruit, walnuts, and apples, this sweet-and-savory dish is reminiscent of a Waldorf salad. It’s a great meat-free lunch or side dish for dinner.

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Quinoa and Mushroom Risotto

This creamy, earthy, aromatic faux risotto is just as soothing and satisfying as the real deal.

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Tuscan Toasted Red Quinoa Pilaf

A colorful accompaniment for chicken or fish, this Tuscan pilaf is also delicious enough to stand on its own as a meatless main dish. 

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Quinoa and Black Bean Burgers with Tomatillo Guacamole

Quinoa gives these veggie burgers a fantastic “chew,” and of course packs plenty of protein.

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Quinoa, Cucumber, and Radish Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

Cucumbers and radishes give this Asian-inspired salad a refreshing crunch.

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