How to Cook Quinoa & 50 Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa Recipes

crunchy bean, quinoa & carrot salad – green kitchen stories quinoa coconut soup – tlt crunchy cashew thai quinoa salad – ambitious kitchen cheesy quinoa and asparagus bake – hungry couple new york slow cooked pork over quinoa – broke and healthy quinoa risotto with pork, sweet potato & walnuts – the culinary tribune smug salad, aka chopped kale and quinoa – wunda woman wellness curried quinoa wrap – Quinoa and Spinach Pilaf with Lamb quinoa spring sushi The Zen Quinoa Bowl Quinoa Collard Wraps Spring Quinoa Bibimbap Garlic And Thyme Quinoa Patties Curried quinoa + asparagus salad Spicy Buffalo Chicken and Quinoa Wrap Quinoa Crusted Chicken with Skinny Honey Mustard Beef, Potato and Quinoa Soup Scallops with Qunioa and Pomegranate Gastrique Spring Herb Quinoa Salad Red Quinoa, Egg and Sausage Breakfast Savory Quinoa Breakfast Muffins Mexican Chicken and Quinoa Casserole Quinoa and Turkey Meatballs with Tahini Sauce Quinoa and Salmon Patties Smoked Salmon Asparagus Quinoa Cake Eggs Benedict  Cilantro & Quinoa Soup Roasted Shrimp Quinoa Spring Rolls Kale and Quinoa Salad Quinoa Cakes with Poached Egg and Parsley Quinoa and Salmon Patties Quinoa-Crusted Sole Breakfast Quinoa Bowl Coconut Quinoa & Cherry Compote Breakfast Quinoa Chewy chocolate quinoa cookies Ginger Cardamom Quinoa Gluten-Free Quinoa Granola Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfait Chocolate Chip Banana Quinoa Pancakes Coconut Quinoa Banana Bread Banana Nut Granola With Quinoa Gluten Free Quinoa Chocolate Cake Whole Wheat Banana Quinoa Pancakes Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge Chocolate Chip Quinoa Energy Bars White Chocolate, Quinoa and Dried Cherries Cookies
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The Lazy Persons Guide to Cooking Quinoa
Wunda Woman Wellness: 
Recipe type: Quinoa
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Serves: 1
This is a never fail recipe for cooking perfect quinoa every time.
  • ½ cup organic quinoa
  • At least 3 cups of water
  1. Put quinoa into your pot and fill with lots of water. No need to measure the water, but make sure the ratio is at least six times as much to the quinoa. More water is fine (but we don't want to go nuts and waste too much!).
  2. Place over high heat with a lid on until it comes to the boil, then remove lid, turn heat down to low and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Test before draining (just as you would rice or pasta).
  4. If it is split and edible then drain it through a fine sieve and you are ready to go.
  5. If you want to eat it cold, run some cold water from the tap through it.

Welcome to the quinoa hub of www. Find out everything you need to know about cooking quinoa, fifty quinoa recipes and ten fast fabulous facts about this superfood.

Since giving up gluten (and giving up daily sandwiches and rolls), I’ve been eating quinoa at least once or twice a week. And I am ashamed to admit it, but at first it baffled me.

The cooking instructions are so precise and I tend to wander around the kitchen (and the rest of the house for that matter) whilst cooking so often came back to dried out crunchy bits of quinoa that aren’t very appetizing.

So, I decided to treat it like rice. I don’t know about you, but I can rarely (with the exception of sushi rice) get rice to cook properly using the absorption method. So now I just use heaps more water and set the timer. And that’s what I decided to do with quinoa.

If you don’t like standing and patiently stirring, watching your quinoa, seeing if it is going to stick then this is for you. And for busy mums I really think this is the safest (yes, I’m sure quinoa could end up burning!) and easiest way to cook quinoa all of the time.

Hence it shall now be know as The Lazy Persons Guide to Cooking Quinoa.

Fifty Quinoa Recipes

Yep, you read that right. Fifty, as in 50 cent or Fifty Shades of Grey, whatever takes your fancy. Fifty awesome recipes from around the web featuring our main attraction: quinoa.

UPDATE: No need to click the links below, I’ve enabled the picture above so you can click directly on the picture you like!

Vegan Quinoa Recipes

Smug Salad, AKA Chopped Kale and Quinoa – Wunda Woman Wellness
Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad – Ambitious Kitchen
Quinoa Spring Sushi – My New Roots
Curried Quinoa Wrap –
Crunchy Bean, Quinoa & Carrot Salad – Green Kitchen Stories
Grilled Asparagus & Chilli Orange Quinoa Spring Rolls – Naturally Ella
Moroccan Quinoa Salad – Green Kitchen Stories
Quinoa Collard Wraps – G0lubka
Winter Kale and Quinoa Salad – Taste Food Blog
Curried Quinoa and Asparagus Salad – The Clever Carrot

Vegetarian Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa Bibimbap – Closet Cooking
Garlic & Thyme Quinoa Patties – Cook Republic
The Zen Quinoa Bowl – Nutritionist in the Kitch
Spring Herb Quinoa Salad – The Corner Kitchen via Healthy Way to Cook
Quinoa Coconut Soup – TLT
Cheesy Quinoa and Asparagus Bake – Hungry Couple New York

Meat Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa and Spinach Pilaf with Lamb –
Slow Cooked Pork over Quinoa – Broke and Healthy
Quinoa Risotto with Pork, Sweet Potato & Walnuts – The Culinary Tribune
Spicy Buffalo Chicken & Quinoa Wrap – Life Tastes Like Food
Quinoa Crusted Chicken – Taste and Tell Blog
Beef, Potato and Quinoa Soup – Skinny Taste
Quinoa and Turkey Meatballs – The Iron You
Red Quinoa, Egg and Sausage Breakfast Skillet – Simple Awesome Cooking
Mexican Chicken & Quinoa Casserole – MJ and Hungry Man

Seafood Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa Cost Cutting Salad – Wunda Woman Wellness
Cilantro & Quinoa Soup – palate/palette/plate
Quinoa Crusted Sole – Inspired Edibles
Smoked Salmon Asparagus Quinoa Cake Eggs Benedict – Closet Cooking
Quinoa & Salmon Patties – Wunda Woman Wellness
Scallops with Quinoa and Pomegranate – Sprouted Kitchen via Scarborough Food Fair
Roasted Shrimp Quinoa Spring Rolls – Damn Delicious

Sweet Quinoa Recipes

White Chocolate, Quinoa & Dried Cherries Cookies – Citron Limette
Chocolate Chip Quinoa Energy Bars – Cooking Quinoa
Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfait – Epicurean Mom
Chocolate Chip Banana Quinoa Pancakes – She Bakes Here
Whole Wheat Banana Quinoa Pancakes – Ambitious Kitchen
Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge – Florida Coastal Cooking
Quinoa Chocolate Cake – Chomps of Life – Sorry domain is no longer registered
Banana Oat Cashew Quick Bread – Vegan Richa
Coconut Quinoa Banana Bread – Coffee and Quinoa
Chewy Chocolate Quinoa Cookies – Including Cake!

Breakfast Quinoa Recipes

Savoury Quinoa Muffins – Spices and Aroma
Gluten-Free Quinoa Granola – From Gwyneth’s New Cookbook via PopSugar
Coconut Quinoa & Cherry Compote – What’s Cooking Good Looking
Breakfast Quinoa Bowl – The Vegan Chickpea
Quinoa Cakes with Poached Egg – Verses from My Kitchen
Breakfast Quinoa – The Kitchen Paper
Banana Nut Granola with Quinoa – So Lets Hang Out
Ginger Cardamom Quinoa Cereal – Yum Universe

All cooked out and want more? OK, head on over to Quinoa Recipes from around the globe on my Pinterest board. That should keep you busy…

Still want more? I recommend:

Quinoa Cost Cutting Salad

Salmon Quinoa Beet Salad

Salmon Quinoa Beet Salad

Can I really call this a cost cutting salad? My reason for doing is the salmon. I’m still working my way through the 24 cans of Wild Alaskan salmon we got at the cash’n’carry. Heavily discounted I might add, saving ourselves $3 a can from our local supermarket, that’s a total of $72! So yes, this will be a cost cutting salad. And it’s coming up to the end of the financial year in Australia so I’m starting to thinking about getting all of our paperwork ready for the accountant.

Anyway, onto the food. Did I happen to mention I am in love with beetroot? No, well I am. Baked beetroot is like a guilty pleasure, only – that’s right – there’s no guilt.

Kale Quinoa Cost Cutting Salad

Fresh beets are great as they really don’t need much from you. Just wrap them in some foil and pop in a moderate oven for about an hour. Take them out to cool down for a few minutes then peel or slice the skin off. So all you need to remember is to put the oven on an hour before you want to eat (this is really the hardest part for me!).

Just a little note about fresh beets. When you get them from the market, pop the little darlings straight into the crisper in the fridge. I made the mistake of storing them with the potatoes in the larder only discover they went awfully soft awfully quickly.

Quinoa Cost Cutting Salad
Wunda Woman Wellness: 
Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 1
  • 1 kale leaf, stalk removed and roughly torn
  • ½ cup quinoa, cooked per instructions
  • 1 raw beetroot
  • 1 small can wild salmon
  • Juice 1 lime
  • Olive oil
  • Parsley to garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 170°C / 350°F
  2. Wrap beetroot in foil and put in oven for 1 hour or until soft
  3. Massage kale with a little olive oil
  4. Rinse quinoa and drain
  5. Remove skin from beetroot and slice
  6. Mix all ingredients together and squeeze with lime juice
  7. Top with parsley


Quinoa & Salmon Patties

Salmon & Quinoa Patties

Salmon Quinoa Patties

I couldn’t get this picture of quinoa patties out of my head from Cook Republic. After pinning them on the quinoa pinterest board, later in the day I thought they’d be good for the little man, so I pinned them to the kid food board (which is in need of more inspiration so keep your suggestions coming please!). So flying solo tonight, with the husband interstate for a few days, I thought I’d try them out.

Side note: I do tinker with a lot of recipes when my husband is out of town. If your husband is of the same variety (meat & 3 veg) you might want to serve these for a light lunch rather than dinner. I don’t want any marital discord on my hands…

I wanted to remove the gluten (bread) and add some fish – having just visited the cash’n’carry on the weekend and acquired 24 tins of wild Alaskan salmon. So I served these with a mixed salad, kale chips and baked sweet potato (1hr in the oven).

You could easily substitute the tin salmon for some fresh, sustainable salmon. BTW I’m having big issues with fish and sustainability at the moment – anyone else? I feel comfortable with my free range butcher, but apart from this canned wild salmon (hardly my first choice), where does one turn for fresh, sustainable, wild fish?

I’d love to tell you the little man ate all of his patties, but alas, no. He did at least try one, which is a big step from a few weeks ago, thanks in part to “French Kids Eat Everything” – my current favourite read!

Quinoa & Salmon Patties
Wunda Woman Wellness: 
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 2-3
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tin wild salmon (105 grams)
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 potatoes, chopped and cooked with quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 sticks of fresh thyme, leaves removed
  • 3 sprigs parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil
  1. Mash all ingredients, except oil, in a bowl.
  2. Make into about 10-15 balls and squash down.
  3. Place on a plate in the freezer for 10 mins
  4. Heat oil in frypan on medium high heat and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  5. Serve with salad and baked sweet potato.


Smug Salad A.K.A. Quinoa & Kale Chopped Salad

Kale Quinoa Salad

Kale Quinoa Salad

Let me just start by saying I did not name this salad. Every time I have this my husband thinks he is being hilarious by asking if I’m eating a smug salad. Hence it is now known in our house as a “smug salad”.

Why smug? Well it has those two on-trend superfoods – kale and quinoa. I’ve talked about the benefits of kale in this baked mushrooms with kale recipe but haven’t yet discussed quinoa.

So what is so special about quinoa? Firstly, it’s awesome for those gluten intolerant people (like my mum – happy mother’s day btw!), so it is a good substitute for couscous or even rice. Secondly, quinoa contains more protein than any other grain (even though it is not a true grain, it is usually referred to as an “ancient grain” because it was part of the diet of pre-Columbian Andean civilizations), as well as being high in fibre, low-gi, rich in antioxidants and calcium. And it is doesn’t involve too much processing to get it at your local health food store or supermarket, so it’s pretty close to its natural state.

During summer, this was my go-to salad. It’s when I really started experimenting with quinoa for quick lunches and chopped salads just taste more interesting than an ordinary salad, this seems particularly so with quinoa.

Smug Salad A.K.A. Quinoa & Kale Chopped Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 1
  • 2 stems curly organic kale, stalk removed and chopped
  • ½ cup organic quinoa, cooked to packet instructions
  • ½ cup roughly chopped cucumber
  • ½ cup roughly chopped tomatoes
  • 1 avocado, roughly chopped
  • good handful of parsley, chopped
  • juice of ½ to 1 lemon
  • olive oil
  1. Rinse the cooked quinoa under the cold tap through a sieve. Push the excess water through and leave to drain.
  2. After chopping the kale, put it into your salad bowl and pour a little olive oil over it. Now rub, rub, rub the kale in between your fingers making sure the oil is massaged into kale. It should slightly change colour.
  3. Once you're done with the kale, mix all the ingredients together in the bowl. Squeeze the lemon juice, mix around and taste. You might not need any additional olive oil and will likely need to adjust the amount of lemon juice according to your taste buds.
  4. Enjoy and feel smug!