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10 wonderful ways with Quinoa

BY Helen Best-Shaw

1st Jan 2015 Recipes

10 wonderful ways with Quinoa

Quinoa really is one of nature’s superfoods, originally from the Andes and despite called the “mother of all grains” by the Inca’s it is actually a seed. Here are 10 ways to use Quinoa.

High in protein, vitamins and minerals, as well as being easy to cook it is a useful kitchen staple that has gained popularity in recent years.  There is a fair amount of controversy about quinoa; the price is being pushed up by increasing demand with South Americans no longer being able to afford this traditional staple food and of course there are considerable air miles involved.

Quinoa can now be found growing in the fields of Essex (production last year was around 200 tonnes and increasing every year) and is sold and distributed by Hodmedods specialist in British peas and beans.

Farming quinoa
Image source: Hodmedods -Quinoa growing in the fields of Essex 

Quinoa is really easy to cook—simply rinse and simmer with double the volume of water for 15 – 20 minutes. I usually add a handful every time I cook rice, to add some variety and texture.


Here are 10 Wonderful Ways for Using Quinoa:


Tomato Rice & Quinoa Bake with Roasted Vegetables

Tomato rice and quinoa bake with roasted vegetables

An easy one pot tomato and vegetable bake, perfect for a vegetarian weeknight supper.

Get the recipe here: Fuss Free Flavours


Smoked salmon, egg and quinoa bowl

Smoked salmon, egg and quinoa

A simple one bowl lunch containing that is both satisfying and endlessly adaptable. Helps avoid the mid afternoon slump. 

Get the recipe here: My Fussy Eater


Beetroot and Red Onion Quinoa

Beetroot and Red onion quinoa

This delicious and beautifully coloured salad will brighten your table on the dullest of days. 

Get the recipe here: From the Healthy Heart


Courgette Quinoa Lasagna

Courgette quinoa lasagne

Updating the classic dish, this summery vegetarian lasagne is filled with quinoa, courgettes and spinach.

Get the recipe here: Recipes From A Pantry


Warm Rice and Quinoa Salad with Tofu

Warm rice and quinoa salad

Warm salads are perfect for those days when it seems that Spring is slipping back to winter.  This one contains mixed grains, lots of vegetables and is topped with fried marinated tofu.  

Get the recipe here: Fabfood4all


Quinoa, Asparagus, Pea & Lemon Salad

Quinoa, asparagus, pea and lemon salad

This salad is spring in a bowl.  Serve at a lunch party or make up a batch and take to work each day for a light, but satisfying lunch.

Get the recipe here: Tamingtwins


Quinoa Bowl with Citrus Avocado and Edamame

Quinoa bowl with citrus avocado and edamame

This beautiful summer salad is packed with flavour and vegetables.  You can buy edamame (fresh soy) beans frozen from most supermarkets, or use broad beans or peas.  

Get the recipe here: Kellie's Food to Glow


Cheesy Quinoa Cakes

Cheesy quinoa cakes

Served with a tartare sauce these four ingredient patties are super quick to make, as well as being a clever vegetarian alternative to fish cakes. 

Get the recipe here: Amuse your Bouche


Fig & Blackberry Crumble with a Quinoa and Oat Crust

Fig and blackberry crumble with a quinoa and oat crust

Blitz up some quinoa in your blender to make gluten free flour to use as a crumble topping.

Get the recipe here: Franglais Kitchen


Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Bars

Chocolate quinoa crunch bars

Packed with toasted quinoa, seeds and dried berries these delicious bars are a guilt free delicious snack.

Get the recipe here: Rough Measures


Helen Best-Shaw, is a freelance food & recipe writer and blogger at Fuss Free Flavours.