Quinoa has pretty much taken over the world. alterecofoods.com 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 heneedsfood.com Carry these around with you for snacking and feel virtuous all day. Recipe here. 2. Nutty Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa 101cookbooks.com Recipe here. 3. Almond Cranberry Quinoa Cookies bonappetit.com Three words: COOKIES FOR BREAKFAST. Recipe here. 4. Hot Oat and Quinoa Cereal bonappetit.com 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 thefirstmess.com Vegan and not about to apologize for it. Recipe here. 6. Quinoa Breakfast Bowl bonafood.blogspot.com Recipe here. 7. Quinoa Granola hungryhungryhippie.com Recipe here. 8. Quinoa Pudding honestfare.com 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 naturallyella.com All the protein a lady or gent could ever ask for. Recipe here. 10. Green Quinoa goodthingsgrow.com 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 bonappetit.com Observe the trademark Ottolenghi blend of colors of and textures. Recipe here. 12. Plum and Quinoa Salad With Pomegranate Dressing flourishingfoodie.com Pears would be a very nice sub for plums in nonsummer seasons. Recipe here. 13. Quinoa Tabbouleh bonappetit.com Because bulgur is so 2007. Recipe here. 14. Sweet Potato, Craisin, and Pecan Quinoa Salad chantellegrady.com Recipe here. 15. Pomegranate, Orange, and Quinoa Salad barerootgirl.com Pom and quinoa are a match made in tiny, crunchy, spherical food heaven. Recipe here. 16. Garlic and Thyme Quinoa Patties cookrepublic.com Recipe here. 17. Quinoa Cakes with Eggplant-Tomato Ragu gourmet.com Makes a nice vegetarian dinner party main course. Recipe here. 18. Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites blog.naturebox.com Recipe here. 19. Crispy Quinoa Sliders howsweeteats.com Chickpeas, cheese, and breadcrumbs hold these cuties together. Recipe here. 20. Taterless Tots mouthwateringfoods.blogspot.com This is either sacrilege or genius. Both? Recipe here. 21. Broccoli, Cheddar, Jalapeño, and Quinoa Fritters jillyinspired.blogspot.com Recipe here. 22. Cheese and Scallion Quinoa Cakes marinmamacooks.com Little cubes of mozzarella melt into magical gooey cheese zones. Recipe here. 23. Veggie-Fried Quinoa noshandnourish.com Recipe here. 24. Quinoa-Crusted Chicken With Peanut Sauce labat56.com Served here with soba noodles. Recipe here. 25. Quinoa Chili teacheatlove.com Recipe here. 26. Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf bonappetit.com Recipe here. 27. Homemade Quinoa Pasta pinchofme.com Next level. Recipe here. 28. Quinoa Kale Jambalaya crispybitsnburntends.com Recipe here. 29. Quinoa Sushi wholesome-cook.com Watch your back, rice. Recipe here. 30. Chicken Stew With Butternut Squash and Quinoa fearlesshomemaker.com Big Q is a great way to add oomph to soups and stews. Recipe here. 31. Broccoli Quinoa Quesadillas ohmyveggies.com Recipe here. 32. Spaghetti With Quinoa Meatballs honeywhatscooking.com Neat vegetarian swap idea. Recipe here.