People who are skeptical of plant-based diets often ask how we obtain our protein. One answer is quinoa! This little seed packs a big punch; one cup of cooked quinoa contains eight grams of protein and five grams of fiber. It also contains vitamins and minerals like manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, and copper. It’s called a superfood, and for good reason! Here are some of our favorite quinoa recipes.

1. Quinoa Salad With Creamy Balsamic Dressing

Sure, you could throw quinoa on top of your regular salad, or you could try making quinoa the focal point of your salad with this flavorful recipe.

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Quinoa is a Complete Protein Source. Try It In These 10 Recipes

2. Healthy ‘Digestive-friendly’ Quinoa Pizza Crust

If you don’t like quinoa, try baking it into something like this pizza crust.

Healthy ‘Digestive-friendly’ Quinoa Pizza Crust

3. Quinoa With Secret Pesto and Sun Dried Tomatoes

This pesto sauce is super easy to make. Use a food processor to blend basil, hemp seeds, wheatgrass powder, nutritional yeast, sea salt and garlic into a pesto sauce, then combine that with quinoa, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes.

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Quinoa is a Complete Protein Source. Try It In These 10 Recipes

4. Red Quinoa and Mango Salad With Lime Dressing

Give red quinoa a shot for this recipe. Go sweet by adding mango. Then, balance out the taste with some spiciness from jalapeno, chili powder, onion and cilantro. Delicious!

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Quinoa is a Complete Protein Source. Try It In These Recipes

5. Quinoa and White Bean Burger

For this veggie burger, choose an egg replacer to bind the quinoa and the rest of the ingredients together. You can use 1 tbsp flaxseed meal and 3 tbsp water for one egg.

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Quinoa is a Complete Protein Source. Try It In These Recipes

6. Toasted Quinoa Vegetable Stacks with Green Goddess Dressing

This dish looks very impressive, so try it when you want to impress someone. The tasty Green Goddess dressing is made from tarragon, basil, garlic and avocado, to name just a few ingredients.

Quinoa is a Complete Protein Source. Try It In These Recipes

7. Stuffed Kabocha Squash With Quinoa and Chickpeas

Now that Fall is just about upon us, we can start enjoying some tasty, hearty dishes like this one.

Quinoa is a Complete Protein Source. Try It In These Recipes

8. Grilled Artichoke and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

For this recipe, you will make a quinoa mixture and place it into the lettuce wraps with cellophane or vermicelli rice noodles.

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Quinoa is a Complete Protein Source. Try It In These Recipes

9. Healthy Vegan Pomegranate Quinoa Porridge

After making some savory dishes, try a sweeter, breakfast way to eat quinoa. This porridge mixes the delicious tastes of almond milk, cinnamon, coconut, apple and pomegranate. Yum!

Quinoa is a Complete Protein Source. Try It In These Recipes

10. Pineapple Fried Quinoa

This recipe is excellent for those who are looking to make a quick meal on a busy weeknight. The recipe calls for fresh pineapple, but you can also use canned pineapple to save prep time.

Quinoa is a Complete Protein Source. Try It In These Recipes
 

Lead image source: Toasted Quinoa Vegetable Stacks With Green Goddess Dressing

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