Healthy Quinoa Recipes

Originally from the Andean mountain regions of South America, quinoa is often called a "supergrain" for its impressive nutritional benefits. Get creative and eat healthy with recipes from Food Network.

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Quinoa with Shiitakes and Snow Peas

Toss quinoa with shiitake mushrooms, snow peas, soy sauce and sesame oil for an Asian-inspired side dish reminiscent of fried rice.

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Chicken and Quinoa Soup

Simmer quinoa with aromatic vegetables and shredded rotisserie chicken for a nutritious bowl of warmth and comfort.

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Grilled Scallops with Orange-Scented Quinoa

Quinoa takes on a whole new flavor when infused with orange zest and dressed with more fresh citrus juice; it makes the perfect accompaniment to grilled scallops.

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Giada's Herbed Quinoa

Nutty, protein-packed, whole-grain quinoa doesn't need much dressing up: A simple dressing and some chopped herbs are enough to turn this grain into a hearty accompaniment for fish, chicken or meat.

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Chicken and Dumpling Soup with Quinoa

This soup is loaded with fiber, thanks to the quinoa and the whole-wheat dumplings.

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Mexican Green Quinoa

Quinoa grains are naturally coated in saponins, which have a bitter, soapy taste, so be sure to thoroughly rinse the grains before cooking them. Serve this simple but delicious dish alongside grilled chicken or enchiladas.

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Quinoa, Roasted Eggplant and Apple Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette

Giada combines fluffy quinoa and roasted eggplant, then tops the salad with cranberries, walnuts and thinly sliced apple, and tosses it all in her homemade cumin vinaigrette. 

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Quinoa with Chicken and Lentils

Use leftover rotisserie chicken to round out this flavorful dinner that incorporates quinoa, green beans and browned onions. Garnish with almonds and spoon a dollop of Greek yogurt on top.

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Quinoa Salad with Apricots, Basil and Pistachios

This easy-to-make salad is packed with fiber (thanks to the quinoa) and has a sweet, nutty flavor. Top with crumbled goat cheese for a bit of creaminess in every bite.

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Quinoa With Garlic, Pine Nuts and Raisins

Quinoa is a protein-packed grain that works beautifully with this classic combination of garlic, pine nuts and raisins.

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Mexican Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Embrace breakfast's savory side with this protein-packed, fiber-rich bowl filled with classic Mexican ingredients. Beans, salsa and avocado blend beautifully with nutty quinoa thanks to an herb-y lime-yogurt sauce. Radishes and pumpkin seeds add just the right amount of crunch.

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Turkey and Quinoa Salad

Top fluffy quinoa with tarragon-flecked turkey cutlets and a zesty heirloom tomato and cucumber salad.

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