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Crispy Quinoa Crumbs

Crispy quinoa on green beans

Here’s a clever way to turn quinoa into tasty crispy crumbs. They pack more nutrition than breadcrumbs and are naturally gluten-free. Bake up a batch and you’ll see why we love to have them on hand. These are easy to make in just a few steps:

1  Cook quinoa as usual — combine 2 cups of water in 1 cup quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring it to a rapid simmer, lower the heat and cook for 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. For more flavor you can add a vegan bouillon cube to the water or use vegetable broth instead.

2  While the quinoa is cooking, heat the oven to 400° F.

3  Spread the cooked quinoa on a parchment lined roasting pan and put it in the center of the oven. Stir the quinoa up every five minutes or so, so that it bakes evenly — it browns more quickly along the edges.

Crispy quinoa crumbs

4  Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the quinoa is golden brown and crispy. Don’t overbake, because it crisps up as it cools.

5  Once it’s completely cooled, use what you’d like, then store whatever you don’t use in a covered container in the fridge.

Some ways we like to use it: 

  • Crispy quinoa crumbs make salads more exciting, below. 
  • Green vegetables get some serious crunch with crispy quinoa crumbs, as shown at top.
  • Use crispy quinoa crumbs to top casseroles — sprinkle them on after the casserole bakes.
  • They’re also great for topping simple pasta dishes.

Crispy quinoa on salad

Photos by Evan Atlas.

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  • Reply
    Ellen Kanner
    February 20, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Oh, I love this idea — it gives a nutrient-dense makeover to a classic Portuguese dish called migas Greens and quinoa, what’s not to love?

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    Lynda Birch
    February 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    This looks like a great idea. Lately, I”ve been roasting quinoa in a dry, non-stick pan and then adding it to muffins, cookies and quick bread recipes. This adds some crunch without the fat of nuts. I hadn’t thought about adding it to veggies or salads but will give it a try.

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