Cooking with Quinoa: 9 Fresh Dinner Ideas

Last Updated March 03, 2016

What's not to love about this versatile grain? It's perfect as a side and in salads, soups or savory pies. From a vegan lentil quinoa and sweet potato shepherd's pie perfect for the last days of winter to an onion and quinoa soup that stars early spring asparagus, these recipes will have you eating all of the quinoa.


Caprese Quinoa Bake

This twist on a classic baked ziti replaces pasta with quinoa and bumps up the vegetable quota. An indulgence you can feel good about.

Winter Pie in Quinoa Crust

This dish is hearty for winter weather, but light on the palate. The quinoa crust made with a little almond flour is filled with protein and makes this a complete meal! The crust is pre-cooked a...

Simple Honey Sunflower Quinoa Bowl

Simple Honey Sunflower Quinoa Bowl by The Healthy Apple
This is a simple and quick quinoa recipe that can be whipped up on a Sunday night and served for lunch the next day in your child’s lunchbox. You can also use leftovers for dinner in tacos or...

Quinoa with Roasted Beets and Carrots

The color of the beet juice permeates the quinoa, resulting in a lovely, flavorful dish that's in season in both fall and spring.

Grilled Green Bean Salad with Quinoa and Lentils

Grilled Green Bean Salad with Quinoa and Lentils
This recipe revives green beans with a smoky, sweet, and earthy spice mixture influenced by Middle Eastern cooking. Bye-bye, boring green beans -- this dish reminds us how zesty green beans can be.

Spring Onion and Quinoa Soup with Roasted Asparagus

Spring onion and quinoa soup
This soup is everything I want from a spring meal. Its broth is infused with the sweetness of spring onions, and high-protein quinoa adds just enough body to satisfy. I roast the asparagus first and...

Southwest Quinoa

southwest quinoa recipe by Laura Fuentes
We weren’t big fans of quinoa until we tried it this way. Make this hearty dish part of your lunchbox rotation.

Quinoa with Chèvre and Candied Roselle

Quinoa comes together with crumbled chèvre, candied roselle and vinaigrette for a salad you'll want to keep in regular rotation.