Quinoa

Protein-packed, gluten-free quinoa is a great alternative to grains like rice and couscous, and has been growing in popularity in the United States over the past ten years. It’s wonderfully versatile—in burrito bowls and pilafs, it’s a nearly foolproof substitute for starchy rice, but quinoa can be used in everything from baked goods to burgers. Our guide to quinoa is all about ingenious ways to use this great ingredient, whether in a comfort food classic like chicken parmesan, or in a sweet and nutty sheet cake. Food & Wine has these tasty recipes and dozens more—it’s easier than ever to get your superfood fix.

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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
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Breakfast Quinoa

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
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Quinoa Egg Bowl 
with Pecorino


Cookbook author Melissa Clark takes inspiration from Caesar salad in this quinoa bowl, which includes a soft runny egg and a lemony, cheese-spiked dressing. It’s one of the best grain bowls we’ve ever had. Slideshow: More Quinoa Recipes
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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
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Quinoa with Spinach and Roasted Almonds

Food & Wine’s Kay Chun makes this evergreen quinoa salad all year long. It’s so simple and quick that it’s ideal for lunch or dinner. The chopped almonds add fantastic crunch and a nice hit of protein. Slideshow: More Salads with Grains
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Simple Quinoa Salads

Quinoa makes a fabulous side dish, but is even tastier as a meal. Try these hearty and unique recipes for healthy and filling meals.
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Toasted Quinoa Porridge With Black Trumpet Mushrooms

This porridge is creamy and rich with aged Gouda, trumpet mushrooms and Cognac and topped with an oozy poached egg. Keller toasts the quinoa before simmering it, giving the porridge a deeper flavor. Slideshow: More Recipes With Mushrooms   Recipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook
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Quinoa Salad with Spring Vegetables

When she’s cooking at home, The Chew co-host Carla Hall likes to prepare whole-grain salads. “They’re nutritionally awesome and really filling, plus they have a great neutral flavor that’s a blank canvas for anything,” she says. Here, she simmers red quinoa with white wine, tarragon and thyme, then tosses it with radishes, peas and lima beans. “It’s important to drain the cooked quinoa or the finished dish will be watered-down and clumpy,” Hall says. Slideshow: More Quinoa Recipes
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Quinoa and Sweet Potato Salad

The minimal time and effort required to assemble this salad belies its nutritional value. Quinoa and sweet potatoes together make it a healthy powerhouse. Slideshow: More Quinoa Recipes