50 Ways to Eat Quinoa

By Lauren Scott, Arizona Farm Bureau Intern

I walked into my kitchen the other day to find a giant bag of something called ‘quinoa’ taking up the counter space I was going to use to make my lunch. My mom had just been to the grocery store the day before, where I assumed she picked the product up, so I decided to track her down and find out what this funny-named stuff was.


Turns out quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is an ‘ancient grain’ that comes from the Andean region of Bolivia and Peru; more specifically the area around Lake Titicaca. It is dated by historians that the quinoa plant was domesticated by humans in South America somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 BCE, where it was a staple in the diet of the Incan civilization. The plant is grown in cool mountain regions, hence why it is mainly grown, to this day, in those certain regions of Bolivia and Peru, although you can now find it cultivated in places such as Columbia, the Colorado Rockies and Canada. Quinoa has many healthy aspects to it, as it contains fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium and B-vitamins, among other things. It also has no cholesterol, and a healthy amount of fatty acids. With all its healthy attributes, this multi-faceted grain is quickly becoming famous on the cooking scene; so here for your browsing leisure are 50 ways to eat quinoa!


  1. Chocolate Quinoa Muffins
  2. Cheesy Quinoa Cakes with a Roasted Garlic and Lemon Aioli
  3. Ecuadorean Quinoa and Vegetable Soup
  4. Quinoa Chili
  5. Quinoa Pilaf in Lettuce Cups
  6. Spinach Quinoa Scramble
  7. Curried Quinoa
  8. Quinoa, Roasted Eggplant and Apple Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette
  9. Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf
  10. Southwestern Quinoa Chowder
  11. Grilled Scallops with Orange-Scented Quinoa
  12. Quinoa Super Tacos
  13. Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa
  14. Greek Quinoa Salad
  15. Southwestern Quinoa Burrito
  16. Quinoa Fried ‘Rice’
  17. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls
  18. 5 Ingredient Quinoa Mac and Cheese
  19. Quinoa Banana Bread
  20. Quinoa Pudding
  21. Chicken and Quinoa Soup
  22. Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Salad
  23. Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites
  24. Asian Chicken and Quinoa Salad
  25. Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quinoa
  26. Zesty Sriracha Shrimp and Quinoa
  27. Honey-Lime-Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  28. Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake
  29. Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa
  30. The Ultimate Quinoa Pizza Crust
  31. Garlic Mushroom Quinoa
  32. Quinoa Crab Cakes
  33. Quinoa Tabouli
  34. Cilantro Lime Quinoa
  35. Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing
  36. Quinoa Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  37. Mango and Overnight Quinoa Flakes Parfait
  38. Healthy Red Velvet Quinoa Brownies
  39. Pineapple-Cashew-Quinoa Stir-fry
  40. Maple-Walnut Hot Cereal with Quinoa
  41. Quinoa Tortillas
  42. Quinoa Burger Topped with Sweet Potato Fried, Caramelized Onions and Gruyere
  43. Quinoa Pizza Bites
  44. Greek Quinoa Dinner Omelet with Feta and Tzatziki
  45. Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers  
  46. Carrot Top and Quinoa Soup
  47. Quinoa-Peanut Butter Cookies
  48. Millet and Quinoa Mediterranean Salad
  49. Quinoa Couscous
  50. Quinoa Salad with Black Berries and Lamb

After looking at these tasty recipes, I’ve decided I’m going to go sneak some quinoa out of that big bag on my counter and try my hand at cooking with this ancient grain, and you should too! If you have any questions or just want to know more about quinoa, click on over to fillyourplate.org for information!

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