Quinoa is much loved by plant-based eaters because it gives us protein and contains significant quantities of essential vitamins and minerals including manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, and copper. A cup of cooked quinoa also contains eight grams of complete protein and five grams of fiber. This superfood is also gluten-free! Nutritionally speaking, quinoa is quite the rockstar.
If you’re looking to make a dinner that several people with varying dietary needs can enjoy, this grain is a great choice. Vegans, meat-eaters, gluten-free eaters, and those watching their weight can all sit at the table with quinoa. Check out these 10 ways to eat quinoa for breakfast, lunch, and dinner:
1. Healthy Vegan Pomegranate Quinoa Porridge
Forget traditional oatmeal. Take your breakfast to the next, more nutritious level by using quinoa for porridge or oatmeal. Pair with some fresh fruit slices and homemade nut milk or nut butter.
2. Quinoa Salad with Figs, Purslane, and Goji Berries
This dish is absolutely gorgeous and deserves a place in the center of the table at your next dinner party. Even those more adverse to healthy eating can’t help but eye this dish’s beauty (and hopefully take a spoonful or two!).
3. Pineapple Fried Quinoa
Who needs unhealthy, fried rice when you can employ a similar method to quinoa? You’ll need to grab some soy sauce for this recipe.
4. Healthy ‘Digestive-Friendly’ Quinoa Pizza Crust
This pizza is dense and filling enough to be satisfying, yet light enough to ease good digestion.
5. Easy Breezy Grilled Artichoke and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps
For a grilled meal that is more on the healthier side, this recipe for grilled artichoke and quinoa lettuce wraps is a good alternative to grilling burgers, hot dogs, or store-bought, faux meat products.
6. Quinoa and White Bean Burger
Quinoa looks beautiful in salads or stir-fried, but don’t be afraid to work with it a little and mash it into patties for veggie burgers.
7. Roasted Root Vegetables on Quinoa with Yogurt Sauce
The secret ingredient in this dish is the pomegranate molasses, which helps marries all of the flavors together. Top with fresh dill for extra oomph.
8. Cajun Quinoa Cakes & Lemon-Dill-Sriracha Remoulade
Sriracha sauce is already a tasty condiment for plant-based foods, but pairing it with lemon and dill in this recipe will perk up your taste buds even more. Yum!
9. Quinoa Lavender Cookies
Saying yes to dessert can be a healthier decision when you’ve got these Quinoa Lavender Cookies to grab. The lavender is surprising and pairs perfectly with the lemon, pistachios, and chocolate chips in this recipe.
10. Quinoa Date Nut Truffles
These little truffles are jam-packed with healthy ingredients like dates, pecans, cashew butter, cinnamon, and quinoa.
Lead image source: Cajun Quinoa Cakes & Lemon-Dill-Sriracha Remoulade