Q&A: Does anyone have any good Quinoa Recipes?

Question by Jenn: Does anyone have any good Quinoa Recipes?
We just found this really good called Quinoa. I was just wondering if anyone had any recipes for it? Thanks so much.

Best answer:

Answer by Lady Jexie
Excellent grain. A complete protein.

Quinoa With Toasted Almonds and Dried Cranberries


* 1 cup quinoa
* 1/2 cup sliced blanched almonds
* 1 veggie cube
* 1 1/2 cups boiling water
* 1/4 tsp salt
* 1 cinnamon stick
* 1/2 cup dried cranberries


On medium heat, stir and toast the sliced almonds until golden
Remove from pan
Stir and toast the quinoa until dry and turning color
Transfer toasted quinoa, toasted almonds, and cranberries to 2 qt saucepan
Add boiling water, veggie cube, salt, and cinnamon stick
Bring back to boil
Cover, turn the heat to simmer, cook for 20 minutes
Remove from heat and allow to sit five minutes with lid on
Fluff gently with a fork and serve.


Pistachio Pepper Quinoa
serves four

1 C. quinoa
2 C. water
1/2 t. salt

3 mildly hot peppers (ie: Aneheim)
2 green bell peppers

Pepper to taste
1/3 C. raw pistachios
1 clove garlic
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 T. water


1 T. finely diced red bell pepper

1. Put quinoa grains into a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water for 1 to 2 minutes to remove the saponin residue.
Put rinsed quinoa into a 2-quart saucepan. Add water and salt, cover pot, and bring to a boil over high heat.

2. Turn heat down to low and steam for 15 to 20 minutes. Turn off heat and allow cooked quinoa to stand for 10 minutes without lifting the cover.

3. Wash green bell peppers and put them on a baking sheet. Place them under the broiler 3″ from the heat source. Turn every 5 minutes until darkened on all sides.
Plunge peppers into a bowl of cold water in the sink.

4. When cool enough to handle, rub skins off with the fingers. Cut all peppers open and remove core and seeds. Put peppers into a food processor.

5. Add pepper, pistachios, garlic, olive oil and water. Process to a chunky consistency.

6. Put cooked quinoa on platter or in a large bowl and spoon the pepper sauce over. Garnish with diced red bell pepper.

What do you think? Answer below!

4 thoughts on “Q&A: Does anyone have any good Quinoa Recipes?”

  1. 1C quinoa, washed and drained
    2C water
    1/4C olive oil
    juice of 2 fresh limes
    1tsp cumin
    1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
    1 can black beans, rinsed
    1 1/2C cherry tomatoes, but in half
    5 green onions, finely chopped
    1/4C fresh cilantro, chopped
    salt and pepper to taste

    wash and rinse quinoa. in a saucepan, bring quinoa and water to a boil. reduce to simmer, cover and cook until all water is absorbed, about 10-15 minutes. let cool.
    in a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, cumin and red pepper flakes.
    combine cooled quinoa, beans, tomatoes and onions in a large bowl. drizzle dressing over salad and toss in cilantro. season with salt and pepper.

  2. You can use it the same as you would with rice recipes.
    I also like to make a tabbouleh using quinoa instead of cracked wheat.
    Check out the recipe database at Vegetarian Times.com

  3. Quinoa is SUPER healthy – it’s packed with protein and fiber…they call it one of the new Superfoods. My first advice is to be sure to rinse it over and over before cooking it – you want the water to run clear – otherwise it has a tendency to have a soapy taste to it. (I do this and then soak in cool water for 30 minutes and then rinse again before cooking.) I only have really made it the savory way – I take a tsp or so of olive oil in a sauce pan and toss in a handful of sliced portabella mushrooms and chopped onion. Saute for a few minutes and then add a cup of vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, add your clean quinoa and some fresh thyme. A bit of salt and pepper and then reduce heat and simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed (about 30 minutes)
    I LOVE it like this!

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