Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) is not actually a grain, but a seed. It grows from a plant in the goosefoot family and is considered very healthy – it contains all nine essential amino acids and is a great source of protein. It’s actually been a main food staple in the Andes of Peru and Bolivia for thousands of years, so we’re very late into the trend!
White, black and red quinoa are all available in the UK, and all are suitable for our best quinoa recipes below. You can basically treat it like rice – it even works wonderfully in sushi.
Coat salty halloumi in a layer of quinoa for an added layer of crunch. Our veggie salad is quick to make and served with an easy romesco dressing and seasonal sprouting broccoli.
A colourful, vegan burrito recipe, rammed with tomatoes, black beans, sweetcorn, lime, coriander, avocado and red chilli. It’s a super lunch idea, ready in 30 minutes.
Buddha bowls are generous portions of good-for-you ingredients piled into a bowl as a healthy but filling salad. They’re balanced in grains, protein, veggies and carbs, so choose what you fancy and get filling! Think of this as a savoury smoothie bowl: it’s all about those toppings! We love to pack ours full with delicious quinoa.
This recipe for sweet potato and quinoa chilli makes a great veggie alternative to the traditional chilli. It’s under 500 calories and is packed with flavour, so you won’t even miss the meat – perfect for a healthy midweek meal.
This recipe is from head chef Tim Yates at the East London restaurant 100 Hoxton. This colourful dish is flavoured with sumac, ras el hanout (a North African spice) and coriander; and can be made in advance.
This delicious roasted tomato, halloumi and quinoa salad requires minimal effort and makes a great lunch or lighter supper. The halloumi really helps to bulk it up.
Easy recipe for stuffed courgettes. Pack the insides with quinoa, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and goat’s cheese before baking. A healthy vegetarian main course.
A quick and easy recipe for hot-smoked salmon salad with teriyaki dressing. Ready in 20 minutes and under 500 calories.
These black bean cakes with quinoa and avocado salad make for a delicious vegetarian lunch or dinner. They’re easy to make and ready in under an hour, perfect for a midweek meal.
Using quinoa instead of rice means these rolls are higher in protein. We’ve kept them vegan too, no fish means leftovers will keep for a healthy lunchbox the next day.
Our quick and easy quinoa and black bean chilli is web editor Charlotte’s favourite recipe EVER! It’s high in protein, low calorie and vegan – but still tastes impossibly creamy.
Peruvian/Japanese fusion food is called Nikkei and this recipe for tsukune with Japanese-style quinoa is a great, easy way to try it at home.
This recipe for quinoa-crusted haddock with garlic-roasted tomatoes makes use of ready-cooked quinoa to make this a speedy, satisfying meal that’s under 500 calories.
This tempting quinoa salad is high in protein, making it a great lunch to avoid a mid-afternoon sugar crash. It also makes a healthy and filling dinner.
A super quick and easy chicken and pepper stew for the whole family, served with a herbed quinoa. Packed full of veggies and beans, it’s also a nice healthy tea option – at just over 300 calories per portion.
A lovely light quinoa salad with sweet, juicy pomegranate that also provides a bit of crunch. Add cooked shredded chicken if you want more protein. Dried apricots work well in this too.
This recipe for harissa salmon with mixed grains and spinach is super easy to make, ready in just 15 minutes and gluten-free.
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