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Recipes Using Quinoa

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Quinoa is an excellent source of protein and delicious in many different dishes. This page contains recipes using quinoa.


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By 2 found this helpful
July 2, 2010


  • 4 ears corn in their husks
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 scallions, white and tender green parts, thinly sliced then chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, cut into thin ribbons then chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper


Pull the husks of the corn back, but not off. Remove the silk from each ear of corn and then pull the husks back up. Roast the ears over a hot grill for 5 minutes, turning the ears several times so that they roast evenly. Let the corn cool slightly. Shuck the ears and cut the corn from the cobs with a sharp knife. Put the corn into a large bowl.

Combine the quinoa with the water and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until all of the water has been absorbed. Remove from the heat, fluff, and set aside for 5 minutes.


Add the scallions and the mint to the roasted corn. Add the quinoa, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, the lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, olive oil, and pepper, and toss well. Cover and allow the salad to marinate for at least two hours before serving.

Source: Simple Daily Recipes

By LRP from LWL, MA

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April 11, 2010

My doctor told me to eat more fiber and someone told me to eat quinoa. I looked for some in the grocery store, but couldn't find any. What I need to know is where in the store is it located? I'm also looking for some quinoa recipes, maybe something that I can cook in my crockpot. Thank you in advance.

By Jackie from GA


April 11, 20100 found this helpful

I buy mine at Target. I buy Bob's Red Mill. Apparently some quinoa has to be soaked or washed to get rid of a coating (bitter? soapy?), but that isn't necessary with the kind I buy. I think it's near the flour/oats type area.

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I like this recipe. I toss in some frozen peas, and don't skip the optional lemon juice -- it makes a big difference! It's really easy, and sometimes I'll eat it for my lunch a few days in a row (I'll eat it cold or hot). :-)

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April 12, 20100 found this helpful

Since the first part of your query was about fiber, I would suggest flax seed. Buy a coffee mill and grind your own. Start with 1/2 Tbsp. daily and increase by 1/2 Tbsp. increments each week to 2 Tbsp. after two weeks. Mix it with your morning juice, or sprinkle it into your cereal, substitute 1 Tbsp. of ground flax seed for one egg in appropriate recipes.

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April 12, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know about Target's price, but Costco also has quinoa. (I cannot find it anywhere else) the price at Costco was cheaper than i love quinoa!! Sort of a cross between couscous and rice in flavor, at least to me.

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April 12, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks for the feedback. I'll check out the Target store near my job. Costco is too far and I'm not a member. I want to try the recipe on the site that Mrs. Story wrote above. I'll let you know how I like it. But I'd also like some other recipes if any readers have them and liked.

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April 12, 20100 found this helpful

Quinoa is located next to the rice at my Walmart.

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April 13, 20100 found this helpful

In our area, Quinoa is located in the Gluten-Free section in our local grocery store.

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April 13, 20100 found this helpful

You might have to ask the manager if they even have quinoa if you are looking in the grocery store. Try a health food store if unavailable in your grocery store. Try Whole Foods if you are lucky enough to have one in your area. For recipes, try the usual recipe sites like Allrecipes.

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April 15, 20100 found this helpful

As far as I know, you can get good fibre from brown rice, wholewheat bread,bran cereal, oats, wholewheat pasta, millet, buckwheat and some vegetables like cabbage. Quinoa may be difficult to find so if its just fibre you want, there are plenty of foods to choose from.

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August 22, 20110 found this helpful

I get quinoa at WinCo in the bulk foods section. I had trouble finding it at first because it's in the cereal section and not with the barley and rice where I expected it. I love quinoa with black beans, Ro-tel (tomatoes w/ chiles), corn, and cilantro.

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December 5, 20160 found this helpful

Big lot has it i got some recently.

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July 18, 2013

Looking for cool quinoa main dish recipes for this sizzling weather we are having. They have all the amino acids and can be prepared in the early morning to be the perfect dish for dinner.

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April 11, 20100 found this helpful

I was reading someone's blog where she was talking about Quinoa. I think it is a grain that kind of looks like rice. I was wondering if anyone has any good recipes for it? Due to a dairy allergy, I cannot eat milk, cheese, or cream soups.

Barbara from Pittsburg, KS


Recipes Using Quinoa

Try that recipe, but replace the rice with 1 cup of quinoa. I also replace the kielbasa with smoked sausage, but that's more of a preference. It is a very healthy and hearty meal. Makes nice servings. (08/15/2008)

By Kevin

Recipes Using Quinoa

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Cooked quinoa is excellent in hot casseroles and soups, stews, in stir-fries, or cold in salads. The seeds cook very quickly, in only 15 minutes. Uncooked seeds may be added to soups and stews as you would barley or rice and quinoa is often substituted for rice in rice dishes. Dry roasting quinoa in a pan or in the oven, before cooking will give a toasted flavor, and it can be cooked in fruit juice to add character to the flavor for use as a breakfast cereal or in desserts.

Cold salads consisting of quinoa and chopped vegetables or cooked beans make a quick, easy, and nutritious dish. Quinoa flour is used in making pasta and a variety of baked goods such as pancakes, bread, muffins, and crackers. Quinoa seeds can be sprouted and eaten as raw, live food for snacks or in salads and sandwiches. To sprout the seeds, soak about 1/3 cup seeds in a jar for 2 to 4 hours, then drain and rinse the seeds twice a day for 2 to 4 days. When the sprouts are about 1 inch long, place them near a window for chlorophyll to develop, which will give them a vibrant green color. Another fascinating way of using quinoa is to "pop" the seeds in a dry skillet and eat them as a dry cereal. (08/15/2008)

By Scott E.

Recipes Using Quinoa

I have a wonderful recipe that won me a red, first place ribbon.

You toast almond slices, without the skin. In olive oil, saute a lot of sweet onions like Vidalia if you have them. Cook the quinoa either in a rice cooker or on the stove as you would rice, but use half Swanson's chicken stock and water. When almost done, take raisins, the onions, and almond slivers and mix with the quinoa. Add salt and pepper to taste and cook till finished. I like to use I Can't Believe It's Not Butter to coat it all or olive oil towards the end to moisten a bit more. Enjoy.

By Daphna101

Recipes Using Quinoa

Try Quinoa Salad with Dried Fruit and Nuts at

Good hot or cold, switch out the dried fruits as some suggestions say and use different nuts. (08/17/2008)

By Paperlady in MT

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