Quinoa is a healthy grain-like seed that's become incredibly popular with both home cooks and professional chefs. This protein- and fiber-rich ingredient has a wonderfully nutty flavor and a satisfying texture, making it a fantastic alternative to rice, couscous or any grain. Quinoa is delicious cold in a salad, served warm as a side dish or even combined with vegetables and dairy to make a spectacular and filling vegetarian main course. Food & Wine's favorite recipes for quinoa include healthy salads, crispy quinoa sliders and quinoa-stuffed poblano peppers with a deliciously smoky grilled-vegetable romesco sauce. Here, the best quinoa recipes.
“Quinoa is a miracle food,” says Bruce Sherman. Native to the Andes Mountains, the nutty, protein-rich grain is now also grown in the U.S. Sherman tosses it with smoky bacon and toasted almonds to make a substantial side dish that's delicious with poached eggs or roasted chicken.