Food & Nutrition Uncategorized

30 Healthy Quinoa Recipes

I have been so excited to share this round-up with you all, that I decided to post it a day early! I have been pulling together quinoa recipes for weeks, and I am bursting at the seams with them. It was one of those times when I just couldn’t stop, and before you know it I had thirty photographs and recipe links!

A photo of cooked quinoa.

Only a few of these came from my own recipe archives. The rest are from blogging friends. I was blown away by how many different ways everyone has been cooking with quinoa. You’ll find a basic tutorial on how to cook quinoa (#4) all the way to decadent pumpkin bread (#19).

Some of the top on my list to try are Sweet Potatoes and Quinoa Stew (#5), Spinach and Cheddar Quinoa Cakes (#7) and BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad (#3). Which one of these fifty will you try first?

Different Ways To Cook Quinoa

Quinoa can be cooked in many different ways, depending on what you’ll be using it for and how you’ll be eating it. You can use quinoa for salads, as side dishes, in baked goods, in bars, granola–the list goes on. Whether you’re cooking quinoa on the stove or using a different method, the general grain to water ratio tends to be 1:2, just like rice and many other grains. Here are three cooking methods you can try:

On the Stovetop

This is a very simple and standard cooking method, and probably the one you’re most familiar with. Combine water, quinoa, and a pinch of salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover with a lid and reduce to a simmer. Cook until grains are tender and water is absorbed, 8–15 minutes.

With a Rice Cooker

If you decide to cook your quinoa using a rice cooker, do exactly what you would normally do if you were using rice. Add the water, quinoa, and a pinch of salt, then cover with the lid and turn the rice cooker on. Check in occasionally to make sure the quinoa doesn’t overcook.

Boil and Drain Method

This is a foolproof method that works great if you’re concerned about getting mushy, overcooked quinoa. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil (use significantly more water than quinoa), then add the quinoa and boil until tender, about 8–15 minutes, depending. Drain in a fine-mesh sieve and return to the saucepan or a different bowl.

More Recipe Round Ups

Thanks so much for reading. If you are new here, you may want to sign up for my free weekly email newsletter for healthy recipes delivered right to your inbox. Or follow me on Instagram. If you make these recipes, please come back and leave a star rating and review! It is very appreciated. Happy Cooking! ~Katie

About the Author

Katie Webster

Katie Webster studied art and photography at Skidmore College and is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute. She has been a professional recipe developer since 2001 when she first started working in the test kitchen at EatingWell magazine. Her recipes have been featured in numerous magazines including Shape, Fitness, Parents and several Edible Communities publications among others. Her cookbook, Maple {Quirk Books} was published in 2015. She launched Healthy Seasonal Recipes in 2009. She lives in Vermont with her husband, two teenage daughters and two yellow labs. In her free time, you can find her at the gym, cooking, stacking firewood, making maple syrup, and tending to her overgrown perennial garden.