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Quinoa Tacos

Quinoa tacos

High-protein quinoa makes a great filling for tacos. It’s a fun, festive, and filling meal! You can use crisp taco shells, or good-quality corn tortillas if you prefer soft tacos. Serve with fresh corn on the cob or a baked potatoes or sweet potatoes, and a colorful tossed salad for an easy meal. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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Smoky Quinoa with Mushrooms

Smoky Quinoa with Mushrooms

This dish requires some cooking time, but does so on its own, without you fussing. The recipe doubles easily, so you can make it tonight and enjoy leftovers tomorrow. Serve it with a side of marinated tempeh or hummus and you’ll be doing the protein strut. Recipe and photo contributed by Ellen Kanner. more→

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Tabbouli Salad (with Quinoa, Bulgur, or Couscous)

Couscous Tabbouleh recipe

Quinoa tabbouli (alternately spelled tabbouleh) is a recipe that seems to be gaining over its more traditional counterpart, made with bulgur. Both ways are good, though I prefer it with quinoa, which is higher in protein, and gluten-free as well. That being said, whole-grain couscous works, too! A Middle Eastern classic and one of my favorite salads, this is delicious served with hummus and fresh pita bread, a variety of olives, and rice-stuffed grape leaves. more→

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Quinoa with Black-Eyed Peas and Tomatoes

Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas and quinoa make a hearty pair, embellished with lots of flavorful tomatoes. Try serving this with Chili Cheese Grits and a simple coleslaw or salad. If you can, do try the liquid smoke or mesquite seasoning, either of which add a subtle smoky flavor. Think of this almost as a contemporary version of Hoppin’ John.

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Simple Quinoa Pilaf with Peas and Almonds

Simple quinoa pilaf with peas and almonds recipe

Lots of peas and toasted almonds combined with quinoa add up to a tasty and nourishing pilaf. For a light meal, serve with Tossed Salad Wraps or with a bountiful salad of any kind, and fresh corn. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Quinoa Paella

Quinoa Paella

Using nutritious and quick-cooking quinoa as a substitute for rice to make a vegan paella, you can have a colorful one-dish meal in a shade over 30 minutes. Colorful, flavorful, and festive, this goes well with Spinach, Orange, and Red Cabbage Salad. more→

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Passover Quinoa Pilaf

Passover Quinoa Pilaf

This colorful quinoa pilaf is a great addition to the Passover holiday’s festive Seder meal.  Contributed to Vegan Holiday Kitchens Passover chapter by a longtime reader of mine, Barbara Pollak, this pilaf is attractive made with a mix of red and white quinoa, but either color can be used on its own. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Mexican-Flavored Quinoa Salad

Mexican-Flavored Quinoa-Salad

If you’re looking for a great quinoa salad that is pretty enough for company but easy enough for everyday meals, try this one. For lunch, it’s all you need, other than a fresh fruit. For dinner, it’s great served with baked sweet potatoes and vegan quesadillas. Or pair it with one of VegKitchen’s warming fall harvest soups. Recipe and photo contributed by Wendy Polisi, reprinted by permission from Cooking Quinoa.* more→

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