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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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 
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 
Quinoa Egg Bowl with Pecorino
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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 
Quinoa Meatballs with Tomato Sauce and Tuscan Kale
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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 
Quinoa Pilaf with Dried Apricots
This fluffy, Moroccan-inspired quinoa dish is the perfect accompaniment for roasted meats, grilled vegetables or rich, spiced stews. 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 
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.

Quinoa Pilaf with Pecans

Pilafs require flexibility in the kitchen. Sometimes they need more cooking liquid; sometimes they need less. So watch this pilaf as it cooks.