We Love Quinoa
I love recipes that are impressive enough to serve guests, yet easy enough to make as an everyday dish. In Vegan Holiday Kitchen, this recipe is offered as a Thanksgiving side dish; it’s so hearty that the addition of a cup or two of beans (yummy with black beans), can make it plentiful entree. Or, to dress it up even more, use it to stuff small squashes like golden acorn or delicata. Can’t find red quinoa? Regular is fine; it will taste just as good, even if it won’t be as photogenic. Photo by Susan Voisin.
This dramatically colorful dish is flavored with a variety of seasonings for a taste of the tropics. A splash of fresh lime juice when ready to serve to brighten the flavors even more. If you prefer extra heat, add a minced hot jalapeño or Serrano chile in addition to or instead of the cayenne. Cooked brown rice may be used instead of the cooked quinoa. Pineapple can be substituted for the mango. From Quick-Fix Vegan* by Robin Robertson © 2011, Andrews McMeel. more→
This composed salad featuring quinoa and red beans looks fancy enough to impress company, but it’s super-easy to prepare for an everyday meal. You can use regular, red, or black quinoa, or a combination. Serve with some seasonal roasted veggies (squashes, Brussels sprouts, roots, etc.) and/or a warming soup. Or keep it simple and just serve with baked or microwaved sweet potatoes. more→
Here’s a simple combo of tiny seashell pasta and high-protein quinoa. I’m not usually one for “cute” recipe names, but both the name and the presentation worked wonders to tempt my kids to learn to love whole grains. Serve with a simple bean dish and a colorful salad for an easy meal. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→
Start with cooked quinoa, then add a bit of sweetening, spice, fresh fruit, and nuts or seeds for a nourishing breakfast that will sustain you through the morning. If you make quinoa recipes regularly, you may have leftover, unseasoned quinoa in the fridge, which is ideal for this — less to do in the morning! Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
- 1/2 to 1 cup leftover plain cooked quinoa, depending on your morning appetite
(use 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa to cook it if you have no leftovers)
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup vanilla nondairy milk (almond or hemp milk are good for this),
sweetened or not, as you prefer
- 1 teaspoon liquid sweetener (if not using sweetened almond or hemp milk)
such as agave or maple syrup (see note)
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cardamom, to taste
- Fresh fruit of your choice (about 1/2 cup) — choose from diced apple, pear, mango,
or stone fruit in season; sliced banana; whole blueberries or raspberries; sliced strawberries
- A sprinkling of nuts and/or seeds (choose from chopped walnuts or pecans,
sliced almonds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp or chia seeds (optional)
Warm the cooked quinoa in a small saucepan with a little nondairy milk (or, if cooking from the start, add the nondairy milk once the quinoa is done).
When most of the nondairy milk has been absorbed, transfer to a bowl. Stir in sweetener and spice to taste.
Top with fruit of your choice, followed by nuts and seeds of your choice. Serve at once.
Note: You can use a touch of stevia liquid or powder instead; remember, very little goes a long way!
Variation: Use other leftover cooked grain in place of substitute (brown rice, couscous, barley, etc.). Or use rolled grain flakes like spelt, kamut, steel-cut oats, or even quinoa flakes.
- Here are more easy vegan breakfast recipes and ideas.
An appetizing, mildly spiced mélange of nourishing beans, quinoa, and greens, this makes a stellar centerpiece for a soup-based meal, as it’s done in 30 minutes or less. Quinoa is an excellent source of protein, making this practically a meal in a bowl. Adapted from Vegan Express. Photos by Rachael Braun.
This speedy, simple dish features two — no, three — vegan faves — quinoa, kale and nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast provides a big B-12 boost and terrific cheesy flavor. What’s not to love? Tart this dish up with a handful of your favorite chopped herbs, pair it with grilled vegetables or tempeh or serve with a salad.
Here’s an easy dish to highlight super-nutritious quinoa. With a flavorful sauté of onion, cabbage, and green beans, this needs very little in the way of seasoning. Serve with a simple bean dish and a colorful salad or slaw for an easygoing meal. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
Quinoa, black beans, and corn add up to a hearty filling for vegan stuffed peppers. Since you’ve got the oven going at 400º F, you may as well roast your favorite combination of veggies at the same time. Broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, portobello mushrooms, hard or tender squashes, and fennel are all good choices. A simple coleslaw or other slaw-style salad goes well with these, whether or not you serve with roasted vegetables. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
The combination of quinoa and beans in this salad makes it an ideal centerpiece for a warm weather meal. Enlivened with small tomatoes, bell pepper, olives, and dill, the flavor twist in this salad is a simple salsa dressing. This is ideal served with a cold soup, though for lunch, it can stand on its own. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
If you have never eaten edamame before, try this salad as an introduction. These tender green soybeans are easily found in the frozen section of natural foods stores. Combined with quinoa and asparagus, it all adds up to a pretty and nourishing salad. Contributed by Annie Taylor Chen, Vegan Ann. more→
We can’t seem to get enough of tabbouli-style salad. Though the traditional recipe calls for couscous or bulgur, quinoa tabbouli salad is fantastic (bonus — it becomes gluten-free). You can use red, tan, or black quinoa, or a combination. Embellished with black beans, this makes a high-protein salad that’s hearty enough to be a main dish, especially for a summer meal. Delicious served with hummus, rice-stuffed grape leaves, and fresh pita. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→