Quinoa Pancakes with Ricotta and Lemon
Nutty whole wheat flour, fluffy ricotta, and tender cooked quinoa add flavor and texture to these light pancakes, due to the clever addition of whipped egg whites. Lemon zest, vanilla, and maple syrup add just enough sweetness to balance the slightly bitter quinoa. Choose a creamy, whole-milk ricotta here, the finer curd incorporates best into this batter, adding moisture and richness without a grainy texture.
Red Quinoa Tabbouleh
For this tabbouleh, chef José Catrimán of La Granja resort in Ibiza, Spain, swaps out the more traditional bulgur for chewy red quinoa that’s cooked with ginger and spices. For even more texture, he adds cucumber and finely diced sweet apple. Make this salad in September when the tomatoes are at their peak and the fall apples are sweet and plump. Slideshow: More Tabbouleh Recipes
Warm and creamy, this breakfast dish has the coziness of steel-cut oats along with the protein punch of quinoa. We like to top ours with honey-soaked blackberries, tart Granny Smith Apples, toasted pecans and fresh mint, but feel free to use whatever fruits and nuts you have on hand. Slideshow: More Quinoa Recipes
Quinoa Meatballs with Tomato Sauce and Tuscan Kale
San Francisco chef Matthew Accarrino makes deliciously light meatballs with a combination of quinoa and breadcrumbs. He bakes the meatballs before simmering them in a vibrant tomato sauce along with kale. The end result: a healthy and deeply satisfying take on an Italian classic. Slideshow: More Quinoa Recipes