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:

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1. Quinoa, Fruit, and Nut Bars

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

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2. Nutty Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

Recipe here.

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3. Almond Cranberry Quinoa Cookies

Three words: COOKIES FOR BREAKFAST. Recipe here.

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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.

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5. Coconut, Almond, and Quinoa Breakfast Cakes

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

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6. Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Recipe here.

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7. Quinoa Granola

Recipe here.

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8. Quinoa Pudding

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

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

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

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10. Green Quinoa

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

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11. Quinoa, Fennel, and Pomegranate Salad

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

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12. Plum and Quinoa Salad With Pomegranate Dressing

Pears would be a very nice sub for plums in nonsummer seasons. Recipe here.

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13. Quinoa Tabbouleh

Because bulgur is so 2007. Recipe here.

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14. Sweet Potato, Craisin, and Pecan Quinoa Salad

Recipe here.

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15. Pomegranate, Orange, and Quinoa Salad

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

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16. Garlic and Thyme Quinoa Patties

Recipe here.

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17. Quinoa Cakes with Eggplant-Tomato Ragu

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

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18. Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites

Recipe here.

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19. Crispy Quinoa Sliders

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

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20. Taterless Tots

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

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21. Broccoli, Cheddar, Jalapeño, and Quinoa Fritters

Recipe here.

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22. Cheese and Scallion Quinoa Cakes

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

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23. Veggie-Fried Quinoa

Recipe here.

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24. Quinoa-Crusted Chicken With Peanut Sauce

Served here with soba noodles. Recipe here.

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25. Quinoa Chili

Recipe here.

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26. Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf

Recipe here.

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27. Homemade Quinoa Pasta

Next level. Recipe here.

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28. Quinoa Kale Jambalaya

Recipe here.

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29. Quinoa Sushi

Watch your back, rice. Recipe here.

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30. Chicken Stew With Butternut Squash and Quinoa

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

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31. Broccoli Quinoa Quesadillas

Recipe here.

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32. Spaghetti With Quinoa Meatballs

Neat vegetarian swap idea. Recipe here.

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