Looking for quinoa recipes? Want to know how to cook this useful storecupboard ingredient? Try our favourite quinoa salads, chillis and colourful main courses with our top recipes.
What is quinoa?
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.
Easy quinoa recipes
A healthy, low-calorie (and gluten-free) quinoa salad recipe. With tender chicken, it’s made colourful with red onion, mint and lemon zest.
Start your morning with this quinoa porridge packed full of guilt-free goodness. This recipe is quick with minimal ingredients. What’s more, it’s easy to make a batch for the rest of the week.
Quinoa is joined in these veggie meatballs by black beans, breadcrumbs and smoked paprika. Serve them in a roasted red pepper and tomato sauce for a healthy but hearty veggie meal.
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. This is 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 and 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.
Swapping rice for quinoa in a risotto is a healthier way to enjoy an Italian classic, offering a protein boost while teeming with lots of soft textures.
This 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 miss the meat – perfect for a healthy midweek meal.
This recipe makes use of ready-cooked quinoa to make a speedy, satisfying meal that’s under 500 calories.
This delicious quinoa salad requires minimal effort and makes a great lunch or lighter supper. The halloumi really helps to bulk it up.
Try this 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.
Our quick and easy quinoa and black bean chilli is 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 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.
This salmon recipe is super easy to make, ready in just 15 minutes and gluten-free.