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 definitely a superfood: A grain-like seed, it’s a “complete” protein containing all eight essential amino acids (another plus: it cooks much more quickly than most grains). To create a terrific vegetarian main course, Michael Symon tosses quinoa with arugula, apple, raisins and fresh herbs, then spoons the salad into a halved baked squash (a great source of iron and vitamins A and C).