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30 Non-Boring Recipes to Make With Quinoa


It seems like, for many, quinoa is now a pantry staple. Though its popularity has risen over the last 10 years or so, the ancient seed (it’s nutritionally a grain, but botanically a seed) is far from new. According to Smithsonian Magazine, quinoa has existed for at least about 5,000 years and was sacred to the Incas, who called it the “mother grain.” It’s considered a “superfood” and, like just about every other ingredient featured so far in our non-boring recipes series, is incredibly versatile, in addition to being healthy.

Quinoa works well as the base of a bowl or “grain” salad, packed into a patty, cooked like oatmeal, and more. Here are 30 non-boring recipes you can make with quinoa to serve as the inspiration for which we’re all looking.


1. Brussels Sprouts, Cranberry, and Quinoa Salad


2. Black Bean and Quinoa Skillet Nachos


3. BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad


4. Greek Quinoa Salad with Avocado


5. One Pot Supreme Pizza Quinoa Casserole


6. Easy Cracked Freekeh Porridge with Quinoa


7. Crunchy Peanut Butter Quinoa Granola


8. Mexican Quinoa Casserole


9. Coconut Shrimp Quinoa Bowls with Mango Salsa and Lemongrass Sauce


10. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Quinoa Chili


11. Cinnamon and Pecan Crusted Salmon


12. Vegan Quinoa Black Bean Tacos


13. Crockpot Stuffed Peppers

Source: Isabel Eats


14. Red Cabbage Vegetable Quinoa Stew with Turmeric


15. Sun-Dried Tomato Quinoa Salad


16. Savory Quinoa Breakfast Bowls


 17. Honey and Lime Quinoa Salad Bowl with Spicy BBQ Chickpeas


18. Easy Superfood Quinoa Bowl


19. Vegetarian Quinoa Chili


20. Slow Cooker Coconut Quinoa Curry


21. Quinoa Taco Bowls with Tomatillo Avocado Salsa


22. BBQ Cheddar Quinoa Burgers


23. Fluffy Vegan Quinoa Pancakes


24. Roasted Broccoli Quinoa Salad


25. Quinoa Crusted Schnitzel with Creamed Corn Gnocchi


26. Crispy Quinoa Patties with Spinach and Tomatoes


27. Kale, Edamame, and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette


28. Thai-Inspired Peanut Quinoa Salad


29. Crispy Quinoa Burgers Topped with Sweet Potato Fries and Beer Caramelized Onions


30. Toasted Quinoa Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles