32 Ways To Eat Quinoa And Succeed In Life

Quinoa is more than just a grain (or seed, whatever). It’s a LIFESTYLE.

Quinoa has pretty much taken over the world.

You knew that, right? Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah, if you weren’t sure, it’s OK, we all went through that phase, it was scary!) is very good for you and it has a cool name, and in the past few years it’s been stealthily integrating itself into the mainstream and popping up pretty much everywhere.

But it shouldn’t just be relegated to a SIDE dish, no sir. Let quinoa lead the way into a brave new world of texture and complete proteins, at any and all times of day. Here are some ideas to get you started on the path to enlightenment:

1. Quinoa, Fruit, and Nut Bars

Carry these around with you for snacking and feel virtuous all day. Recipe here.

2. Nutty Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

Recipe here.

3. Almond Cranberry Quinoa Cookies

Three words: COOKIES FOR BREAKFAST. Recipe here.

4. Hot Oat and Quinoa Cereal

You can start this cereal the night before and have it ready to go in just a couple minutes in the morning. Recipe here.

5. Coconut, Almond, and Quinoa Breakfast Cakes

Vegan and not about to apologize for it. Recipe here.

6. Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Recipe here.

8. Quinoa Pudding

Very like rice or tapioca pudding but with the MAGIC POWER of quinoa. Recipe here.

9. Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs

All the protein a lady or gent could ever ask for. Recipe here.

10. Green Quinoa

Fresh herb paste turns the quinoa this pretty color; finish it with chopped nuts, arugula, and pepper flakes. Recipe here.

11. Quinoa, Fennel, and Pomegranate Salad

Observe the trademark Ottolenghi blend of colors of and textures. Recipe here.

12. Plum and Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Pears would be a very nice sub for plums in non-summer seasons. Recipe here.

13. Quinoa Tabbouleh

Because bulgur is so 2007. Recipe here.

14. Sweet Potato, Craisin, and Pecan Quinoa Salad

Recipe here.

15. Pomegranate, Orange, and Quinoa Salad

Pom and quinoa are a match made in tiny crunchy spherical food heaven. Recipe here.

16. Garlic and Thyme Quinoa Patties

Recipe here.

17. Quinoa Cakes with Eggplant-Tomato Ragu

Makes a nice vegetarian dinner-party main course. Recipe here.

18. Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites

Recipe here.

19. Crispy Quinoa Sliders

Chickpeas, cheese, and breadcrumbs hold these cuties together. Recipe here.

20. Taterless Tots

This is either sacrilege or genius. Both? Recipe here.

21. Broccoli, Cheddar, Jalapeño, and Quinoa Fritters

Recipe here.

22. Cheese and Scallion Quinoa Cakes

Little cubes of mozzarella melt into magical gooey cheese zones. Recipe here.

23. Veggie Fried Quinoa

Recipe here.

24. Quinoa-Crusted Chicken with Peanut Sauce

Served here with soba noodles. Recipe here.

25. Quinoa Chili

Recipe here.

26. Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf

Recipe here.

27. Homemade Quinoa Pasta

Next level. Recipe here.

28. Quinoa Kale Jambalaya

Recipe here.

29. Quinoa Sushi

Watch your back, rice. Recipe here.

30. Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa

Big Q is a great way to add oomph to soups and stews. Recipe here.

31. Broccoli Quinoa Quesadillas

Recipe here.

32. Spaghetti with Quinoa Meatballs

Neat vegetarian swap idea. Recipe here.

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