We won’t lie: On its own, quinoa can seem a little boring, a little basic. But when you start thinking out of the box (example: rice crispy treats made from quinoa) there’s tremendous potential for the gluten-free superfood packed with protein, dietary fiber, and antioxidants. We found seven of our favorite creative/healthy/tasty/not-basic ways to cook quinoa, borrowed from healthy bloggers around the web. We put them all together so you don’t have to. After all, we’re pretty keen on quinoa in our Freshly meals, too – it’s one of our favorite go-to ingredients for staying healthy and light. Go crazy!
#1 With eggs: Quinoa Cakes with Poached Eggs | The Healthy Foodie
We’re big egg fans, and there’s nothing quite like a runny poached egg on top of a semi-crunchy quinoa cake to fuel your morning. You’ll get double the protein, double the deliciousness, and double the freshness. We love this recipe from blogger Sonia at the Healthy Foodie. Find the full recipe here.
#2 Baked into bites: Loaded Veggie Avocado Quinoa Frittata | Ambitious Kitchen
Then again, runny eggs aren’t for everyone. We’re obsessed with these on-the-go quinoa breakfast bites from Ambitious Kitchen. We tried mixing little prosciutto crisps into this mixture before baking and loved the added salty taste. Make these on Sunday evening, throw them in the fridge, and grab them to go throughout your week. Find the full recipe on Ambitious Kitchen.
#3 As porridge: Paleo Quinoa Porridge | Freshly
We couldn’t talk about quinoa without mentioning our own favorite way to use the ingredient. If you’re looking for something a little lighter and without egg, our Paleo Quinoa porridge is for you. We make this seed-based bowl with quinoa, chia and flax seeds, coconut milk, maple syrup, and a topping of pecans and roasted apples. Perfect for an early morning or to wind down at the end of the day. Try it today on our menu!
#4 As a savory snack: Mini Ham and Cheese Quinoa Cups | Iowa Girl Eats
Why eat a ham and cheese sandwich if you can eat these bite-size ham and cheese quinoa bites? Actually, why not eat both? This hearty, comfort food-style recipe from blogger Iowa Girl Eats make a wonderful snack. They’re a great way to incorporate veggies into your daily snacking routine and can be eaten either hot or cold. Convenient, if you ask us. Full recipe here.
#5 Like meatballs: Asian Quinoa Meatballs | Damn Delicious
We know. We thought these “asian quinoa meatballs” were kinda weird at first, too. But they’re also damn delicious. We tried this recipe from the blog, Damn Delicious and loved that they were a lighter alternative to regular meatballs, while still providing a good dose of protein. Some ingredients include ground turkey, Sriracha, garlic, and onions. (Skip on the soy sauce if you’re cutting back on soy.) Find the full recipe here.
#6 As dessert: Quinoa and Cacao Crispy Treats | Deliciously Ella
Why didn’t we think of this ourselves? Crispy quinoa with sweet cacao , kind of like those crispy rice treats you ate when you were a kid but definitely a lot healthier. This recipe belongs to plant-based blogger Ella Woodward from Deliciously Ella, and they literally take just five minutes to make and 10 minutes to set. Find the full recipe here.
#7 In your enchilada: Quinoa Enchilada Casserole | Damn Delicious
Finally, a dinner recipe using quinoa that’s full of flavor. We love this lighter take on an enchilada bake and the fact that it blends avocado, black beans, quinoa, fresh veggies, and cheese together. Again, it’s damn delicious and comes from the blog Damn Delicious.