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Give Me Your Quinoa (Recipes, That Is)

by Courtney on March 2, 2011

Good Morning, friends! Open-mouthed smile

Just popping in (<– actually just wrote pooping there, woops!) to say hello.

Yesterday was, as expected, a very busy day for me, but I did get almost everything accomplished that I wanted.

My one hold up was that I actually missed my BodyAttack class (BOO…). I was tempted to just call it a lost cause, but then as I was reading through all of your favorite fitness tips, I became reinvigorated and decided NO EXCUSES!

So I worked with my schedule a little bit and came home to do some Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown. It felt great and was certainly better than nothing!


So I’m calling on all of you for a little help today…don’t worry, nothing too tedious. Winking smile

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to receive some of this good stuff…

Quinoa! I’ve been waiting to have some forever, and now that I have it, I have no idea what I should make with it?!? I’ve seen so many great recipes out there…please help me choose!

What’s your favorite quinoa recipe??

I’ll be sure to feature whichever recipe I choose this evening! Smile

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1 cait March 2, 2011 at 8:18 am

wow what a great post! i def would love to try that J. Michaels DVD! I’ve actually never had Quinoa but it sounds like you could use it with anything! :) xoox
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2 Kelly March 2, 2011 at 8:21 am

Do I have to name just one? Here are a few I love!

Bacon, spinach, and tomato quinoa:
Autumn quinoa:
Egg and veggie quinoa
and probably my favorite…Italian quinoa

Happy quinoa-ing! :)


3 Grace March 2, 2011 at 8:35 am

I roast veggies like broccoli, carrots, snow peas, cauliflower, put them in a bowl with some cooked quinoa, pour on some Trader Joe’s Soyaki Sauce, mix, and enjoy! It’s so delicious!
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4 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean March 2, 2011 at 8:35 am
5 Jen March 2, 2011 at 8:43 am
6 Blog is the New Black March 2, 2011 at 8:48 am

I forget, do you own the DVD or do you do it on demand?

I love quinoa with chicken and veggies. Kristen @ IGE has some good recipes. I recently made some quinoa and topped it with an over easy egg- that was delicious, too.
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7 Julie @SavvyEats March 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

Quinoa is one of my FAVORITE ingredients!

Proof: An Ode to Quinoa (with my “how to” for breakfast quinoa)

Other favorites:
Quinoa Couscous
Navy Quinoa Crockpot Soup
Breakfast Quinoa Balls

Yayyyyy quinoa!
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8 Jennie @ Designed to be Fit March 2, 2011 at 8:58 am

I will be stalking the replies to this because I have a box of quinoa in my pantry and have no idea what to do with it!


9 kate@ahealthypassion March 2, 2011 at 10:08 am

I bought that dvd awhile ago and have only done it once, great workout but I dont find it relaxing because I have to keep looking at the screen and she moves soo fast! I like body by bethenny for a good yoga dvd! Quinoa recipes awesome served over quinoa
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10 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun March 2, 2011 at 10:16 am

Here’s one I made for my bday dinner this past year – Lemon Basil Quinoa with Roasted Vegs –
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11 Ann March 2, 2011 at 10:24 am

I’ve just discovered quinoa too! I will be checking back for some more ideas! The dish I made with it was so good- It was based on an recipe.
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12 Thetreadmilldiaries March 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

Excited to read all the quinoa recipes. I usually just cook it up in the rice cooker or make it like rice pilaf.
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13 Liz @ IHeartVegetables March 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

I recently made this quinoa recipe and it turned out well!

It’s a combination of sweet and savory! Even the meat-eating boy liked this non-meat recipe!
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14 Parita @ myinnershakti March 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

Ohh I love quinoa! While it’s cooking in a pot of vegetable broth, I saute some asparagus on the side in olive oil, add chickpeas, lemon juice, and whatever spices I like. Finally when the quinoa is done, I combine everything and VOILA…dinner!
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15 Allie @ Healthy Balance, Healthy Life March 2, 2011 at 11:49 am

Everyone I’ve made this for LOVES it –>

and this one is when I used my recipe for healthified shrimp scampi but put it overtop quinoa instead of fettucine! –>

mm I love quinoa
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16 Rachael March 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I absolutely love Mama Pea’s recipe for Pizza Quinoa Casserole! I have made it 3 times in the past month. It is fantastic.

Check it out!!


17 Melissa March 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Good job squeezing in that workout!

I have never bought Quinoa–I have no clue what to do with it either! Maybe you will inspire me! You usually do! :)


18 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I love ALL quinoa recipes – but my favorite is my quinoa granola I make!
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19 Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow March 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Oh my favorite is so simple + tasty…

Cook quinoa with chicken or veggie broth. While cooking quinoa, roast some cubed butternut squash in oven. Once finished, add butternut squash to quinoa along with a drained can of black beans. Top with cheese or slivered nuts of choice.

So delish!


20 Megan (Braise The Roof) March 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I did Yoga Meltdown this morning- what a coincidence! I love quinoa prepared simply as a grain salad with lots of veggies mixed in. Not that creative, but it works. :) Also, remember to rinse it before you cook it so it doesn’t taste bitter!
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21 Alyssa Kuminski March 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I love that Yoga Meltdown!! I’m excited to see what you pick as your recipe so I can try it too – I’ve had quinoa sitting around forever!
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22 Julie March 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I made delicious quinoa burgers a few months ago that my husband loved. Unfortunately, they didn’t love him later (he has IBS)… so be careful at first, just to be sure it doesn’t bother your stomach.


23 Courtney March 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm

This is my favorite quinoa recipe-the only thing I do different is add shrimp!


24 Molly March 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I love quinoa, but normally just put it as a bed under veggies, chicken, etc. I HAVE, however, made this recipe and think the flavors go really well together:
It has red peppers and pine nuts, plus some feta (although I used goat cheese because it is what I had at the time)

Delicious! :)
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25 Colleen March 2, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I usually make quinoa when I’m feeling lazy, and then just throw whatever else I have in my kitchen into it. My favorite is probably buffalo chicken quinoa- just shred a boneless skinless chicken breast and mix it in with cooked quinoa, some buffalo sauce and shredded cheese. Yum!


26 Eunice March 2, 2011 at 6:34 pm

This recipe was made with red quinoa, but I’m sure it works well with any kind. Quinoa and lentils are an awesome combo!


27 Kelly March 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I make taboleh with it.

1 cup(s) uncooked quinoa
1 medium tomato(es)
2 cup(s) parsley
1/2 cup(s) fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup(s) scallion(s)
1/3 cup(s) olive oil

Cook Quinoa and cool.Dice scallions, parsely and tomatoes. Add to cooled quinoa.
Add the salt, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix everything together. Chill for 3-4 hours before serving.

Makes 8 (1/2 cup) servings


28 Kaye March 9, 2011 at 11:49 am

I would love to have a good recipe for Quinoa that is sweet, like a breakfast cereal. We stayed at Animal Kingdom (at Disney World in Florida) and they had an amazing Quinoa (warm) for breakfast. It seemed to have been simmered in water and sugar, but there was definitely something else in there! It was great topped with fresh blueberries and a sprinkle of brown sugar. Does anyone have a recipe like this?


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