Quinoa

Baja Fish Tacos with Quinoa

 A refreshing take on fish tacos, with the added nutrition of quinoa.

Quinoa Salad with Corn, Black Beans, and Peppers

This colorful salad was inspired by a similar one I had at a brew pub (of all places!).  It looks beautiful presented on a bed of leafy baby greens or serve with whole grain tortilla chips and scoop it!

Quinoa Corn Soup

Take advantage of super sweet fresh corn when it’s in season and use two large ears.

Herbed Quinoa Cakes

Crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, these little patties will quickly become a favorite.  Serve them as an appetizer or for lunch over a bed of baby greens, they are even better with a tangy sauce like a Red Pepper or Lemon Aioli. 

Quinoa Orange Salad

The nutty sweetness of the quinoa is balanced by the acidity of the orange. Serve with thick slices of corn bread or thick corn tortillas.

Kasha Vernishkes

When I was growing up, the only whole grain my mother made was kasha, and she made it so well that I still consult her. Here’s a gluten-free variation of her kasha varnishkes, made with golden quinoa-corn elbows. Corn pasta provides great eye appeal, but you can use any type of gluten-free...

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

As a meatless main or a savory side, these stuffed peppers are as pleasing to your tastebuds as they are pretty on the plate. Adding the bay leaf to the quinoa as it cooks infuses each grain with another subtle layer of flavor. For slightly firmer peppers, omit the boiling step and go straight...

Quinoa Offers Antioxidants for Gluten-Free Diets

Researchers suggest that adding quinoa or buckwheat to gluten-free products significantly increases their polyphenol content, as compared to typical gluten-free products made with rice, corn, and potato flour. Products made with quinoa or buckwheat contained more antioxidants compared with both wheat products and the control gluten-free products. Also of note: antioxidant activity increased with sprouting, and decreased with breadmaking.
Food Chemistry, March 2010; 119 (2): 770-778.

Tangy Quinoa Salad

Recipes don’t get much simpler than this. You can vary the vegetables according to what you have on hand.

Black Quinoa Asian Slaw

Spicy, crunchy, and flavorful, this slaw is worlds above the cabbage-in-mayo concoction you may associate with “slaw.” In fact, this dish makes a complete meal, with a wide range of vegetables and protein-packed quinoa.

Chilled Avocado Quinoa Soup

This refreshing summer soup mixes two great Latin flavors: avocados and quinoa.

Coconut-Spiked Pork with Quinoa and Peanuts

I love the unusual combination of flavors in this one-dish meal. It’s easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner and particularly colorful if made with red quinoa.

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