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.
Ken Oringer believes chefs need to make a point of eating healthy dishes when they can, so he includes protein-rich quinoa in his diet at least three times a week. Here he mixes the grain with black beans, onions and peppers to make a hearty and very satisfying side dish that's a fun variation on prosaic five-bean salad.