Creative quinoa recipes: salads, mains, sides, and homemade baby food
By Colleen Tully
Recipes by The Canadian Living Test Kitchen
Get more healthy quinoa into your family's diet by using it in a variety of recipes. You'll be inspired by our Tested Till Perfect quinoa recipes listed below.
- Blue Cheese and Walnut Mushrooms
- Tofu Noodle Stir-Fry
- Belgian Endive Spears With Curried Chicken Salad
- Classic Devilled Eggs
- Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Warm Gluten-Free Biscuits
- Mini Smoked Salmon Dill Quiches
- Sour Cream Pastry for Mini Quiches
- Mustard-Spiced Nuts
- Neapolitan Milkshake
Quinoa ("KEEN-WA") is the darling of the grains, and for good reason.
Actually not a grain but the seeds of the Chenopodium ("goosefoot") plant, quinoa contains all the amino acids our bodies can't produce themselves, meaning it serves as a complete protein source. Quinoa is gluten-free, high in minerals, lends great crunchy texture, a slight nutty taste and cooks up as easily as a pot of rice. What's not to love?
Sometimes when introducing a new healthy food to your family, however, it can be tricky to do so creatively. That's why we've listed a variety of quinoa recipes below so you can find something your family loves, plus get inspiration for adding more quinoa into your weekly menus.
New moms: Quinoa is a perfect choice for Junior. You must try our homemade baby food recipe - Vegetable Quinoa - for your 7+ month old.
Don't miss our quick Tips & Techniques video where host Kary Osmond explains why quinoa is a great healthy choice.
Storage: Keep uncooked quinoa fresh by refrigerating it in an airtight container for up to six months. You can refrigerate cooked quinoa for up to three days.
Cooking tips: Before cooking, soak quinoa in a bowl of warm water for a minute, then rinse under cold water. This washes any bitterness from the seeds.
Baby food: Vegetable Quinoa
(7 months +) The mild and gentle tastes of grains make them an excellent choice for getting Baby off to a healthy start. If your bab...
Quinoa and Chickpea Salad With Tomato Vinaigrette
Keep uncooked quinoa fresh by refrigerating it in an airtight container for up to six months. You can refrigerate cooked quinoa for up to three days.
Quinoa Cakes with Lemon Yogurt Sauce
These delicate cakes may crumble a bit while being formed but will firm up during frying. Alongside a leafy green salad, serve two cakes for lighter a...
Black and White Bean and Quinoa Salad
This salad packs not only a protein punch but also good amounts of fibre and iron.
Quinoa Dolmades with Tahini Yogurt Sauce
This is a vegetarian take on a traditional Greek and Turkish finger food. Grape leaves are available at Middle Eastern, Greek, Italian and most superm...
Quinoa and Barley Salad
In saucepan, bring 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) water and half of the salt to boil; add barley. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until tender and liquid is absorb...
By Cindy Ball, Vancouver Cook of The Year 2009 Winner, Vegetarian category Cindy layers roasted...
The amount of water used for cooking quinoa varies, so check package instructions for best results.
Quinoa Salad with Chicken and Black Beans
Quinoa is an ancient grain native to South America. Its nutty taste and chewy texture make it a great alternative to other grains in salads and soups ...
Cornish Hens With Oregano Pesto And Quinoa Stuffing
Quinoa Stuffing: In saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion, celery ...