Quinoa Recipes, Quinoa Salad Recipes, Quinoa Breakfast Recipes

Quinoa Recipes, Quinoa Salad Recipes, Quinoa Breakfast Recipes

If you haven't yet tried quinoa, you will not be disappointed. Cooking quinoa is simple and fun! Just because it is so good for you does not mean that it does not also taste great! This false cereal (pseudocereal) is loaded with a high amount of proteins, accounting to about 12 - 18 percent of the total weight. Besides protein, it is rich in dietary fiber, magnesium, iron and phosphorus. Another quinoa nutrition fact is its gluten free nature, which make it an excellent grain for people having gluten indigestion problems. After cooking, it tastes mild with a slight nutty flavor. Overall, quinoa is a good protein source for pure vegetarians.

Here, we shall take a look at making quinoa breakfast recipes in different ways. Quinoa can be used in a wide variety of recipes – from simple to gourmet. You can find a quinoa recipe to please anyone – even my picky preschooler's love to eat it! Regardless of whether you are a die hard vegan or a meat lover, quinoa is a great addition to your diet. In fact, some health experts believe that it is the most perfect plant based protein that exists on the planet!

Before getting started cooking, one thing that you must remember is that it needs to be rinsed prior to cooking. The outside of quinoa is covered in a bitter substance called saponin. Not only is it very bitter to the taste but it can also cause digestive upset. If you are someone who has a very sensitive stomach, some health experts recommend soaking quinoa prior to rinsing. Soaking for 8 hours helps remove the phytic acid, which some believe causes problems with digestion.

Personally, I sometimes soak before cooking, but most of the time I don't. I've never had an upset stomach from eating quinoa. If you do decide to soak, keep a close eye on it as it cooks. The seeds will be softer and it will not take as long to cook.

Most recipes call for a 1 to 2 ratio between quinoa and liquid.

I prefer to use 1 to 1.25 as the ratio.

So, for a cup of quinoa you will want to have 1 1/4 cups of liquid. Bring it to a simmer and then reduce to low. Cover and cook 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to sit covered for another 5 minutes.

Quinoa Salad Recipes

Quinoa Salad Recipe # 1


  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 1 medium-sized zucchini, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped fine

  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon pepper


Wash the quinoa with water and place it inside a small pan. Add two cups of water into the pan and heat it over the flame along with a bit of salt. Cook the quinoa for around 10 to 15 minutes until all the water is absorbed. Transfer the cooked quinoa in a medium-sized platter. In another frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add the chopped zucchini and chopped bell pepper and saute them for about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper and cook them until they are tender and soft. Add this cooked zucchini and bell pepper to the quinoa and mix them thoroughly. Now add the rest of the olive oil along with the chopped parsley, lemon juice and pepper. Mix everything together with a fork and adjust seasoning if needed. This is the best vegan quinoa salad recipe as it does not call for too many ingredients and it can be made in very quickly.

Quinoa Salad Recipe # 2


  • 1 ½ cups quinoa

  • 200 g tofu, cut into ¼ inch cubes

  • 150 g frozen baby lima beans

  • ½ cup chopped carrots

  • 2 tablespoons mustard paste

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 cups chicken stock

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ cup spring onions, sliced

  • 4 cups chopped tomatoes

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil


In a saucepan, heat the chicken stock and add the quinoa grains into it. Cover with a lid and simmer at a low heat until all the stock is absorbed and the quinoa is tender and translucent. Remove from heat and keep it aside. In a small frying pan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and fry the tofu cubes until it is golden brown in color. Remove from heat and let it cool. Fry the lima beans in a bit of oil and add it to the quinoa.

In a small bowl, mix two tablespoons of olive oil, mustard paste, salt, minced garlic, lemon juice, sugar, lemon zest, freshly ground black pepper and chopped basil. Whisk all these ingredients together until they are well combined. Pour this mixture over the quinoa and also add the fried tofu. Stir the mixture well and serve it in a platter. This is the best quinoa salad recipe as it has a complexity of flavor and texture and the addition of lima beans increases the nutrition quotient.

Quinoa Salad Recipe # 3


  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 red onion, chopped fine

  • ¼ cup coriander chopped

  • 1 can garbanzo beans

  • ¼ cup tahini paste

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ tablespoon sea salt

  • zest of 1 lemon

  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons hot water

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed


Wash the quinoa in running water and put inside a saucepan with water. Cover the saucepan with a lid and cook the quinoa on a low heat until the water is absorbed and the quinoa has fluffed up. Take a small bowl and add the tahini paste, olive oil, sea salt, crushed garlic, lemon zest and juice. Whisk it together until it is all well combined and add a bit of water if the mixture is too thick.

Now toss the quinoa with the chopped red onion, chopped coriander and the beans. Pour the tahini dressing and mix everything well. Add more salt if required and garnish with a sprig of coriander.

So these were some quinoa salad recipes that you can easily make at home and serve it to your family and friends. Quinoa salad is healthy and nutritious and they taste delicious as well.

Quinoa Breakfast Recipes

The most common method of preparing quinoa is boiling it with water and simmering till the grain turns light and fluffy. However, it is very versatile and you can add your favorite ingredients to make yummy vegan quinoa breakfast recipes. Before actually cooking, you need to remove saponins by soaking grains in water for a few hours. After that, rinse soaked quinoa grains several times under running water. You can skip this preparatory step of soaking and rinsing grains, if you purchase box quinoa that is a bit costlier. Following are some healthy quinoa breakfast recipes, which you can try out:

Easy Quinoa Breakfast Cereal Recipe


  • 1 cup quinoa (washed and rinsed)

  • 1/2 cup apple (thinly sliced)

  • 1/3 cup seedless raisin

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • 2 cups water

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions for Preparation

Prepare quinoa by soaking and rinsing for 2 - 3 times. Add it in a saucepan and add water. Cook it at high heat and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover lid and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in apples, seedless raisins and cinnamon. Simmer for another 10 minutes or until water is absorbed completely. Serve this quinoa breakfast recipe with milk and honey.

Quinoa Salad Recipe for Breakfast


  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 1 carrot peeled (make stripes)

  • 1 ounce read cabbage (chopped)

  • 0.7 ounce red pepper (chopped)

  • garlic sprouts

  • 3 lettuce leaves (chopped)

  • 2 cups vegetable broth

  • Olive oil

Directions for Preparation

In a saucepan, boil broth at a high heat and add quinoa. Stir well and reduce heat to medium low. Cook for 20 minutes and keep aside while keeping it covered. Take a mixing bowl and combine together carrot stripes, cabbage, pepper and lettuce. To this, stir and add cooked quinoa. Then, add garlic sprouts and olive oil.

Quinoa Breakfast Recipe with Blackberries


  • 1 cup organic quinoa (soaked and rinsed)

  • 2 cups fresh blackberries (preferably organic)

  • 1 cup low fat milk

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans (toasted)

  • 4 teaspoons organic agave nectar

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions for Preparation

In a large sauce pan, pour milk and water, and then add rinsed quinoa. Keep it over high heat and bring to a boiling temperature. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes with the lids on. By this time, the grains will absorb the liquid mixture and turn soft. While retaining the lid, remove saucepan from heat and allow to settle down for 5 minutes. Stir in blackberries and cinnamon to the cooked quinoa. With a spoon, transfer it in serving bowls. Serve quinoa breakfast recipe after topping with chopped pecans and a teaspoon of agave nectar.

Thus, we have seen making easy quinoa breakfast recipes is more or less similar to that of rice recipes. Whether to make sweet or spicy quinoa is up to you. You can even try making your own recipe by adding different fruits, fish and meat pieces. In all recipes, one thing is for sure, you are serving a wholesome food loaded with nutrients to your family members.

Quinoa Breakfast Cake Recipes

Gluten-Free Quinoa Breakfast Cake Recipe


  • 1½ cups quinoa flakes

  • ½ cup sorghum flour

  • ½ cup tapioca starch

  • ¾ cup almond meal flour

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup organic light brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 large eggs, organic (egg substitute can also be used)

  • ½ cup light olive or safflower oil

  • ¼ cup sorghum molasses or raw organic agave

  • 2 teaspoons bourbon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup grated carrots

  • ½ cup grated coconut, sweetened

  • ½ cup seedless raisins

  • ¼ cup orange juice


  1. In a bowl, whisk the 2 types of flour, the quinoa flakes, starch, soda, salt, gum and cinnamon.

  2. In a separate large bowl, beat the eggs, oil, sugar, molasses, extract and orange juice.

  3. Mix together the contents of both the bowls and beat well. To this mixture, add the carrots, coconut and raisins, stirring well with the addition of each ingredient.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a 10x13 inch baking pan, place greased foil or parchment. Leave the cake batter to rest.

  5. Pour the cake batter into the baking pan. Make sure the batter is spread uniformly in the pan.

  6. Bake for 25-35 minutes. Check if cake is ready, by inserting toothpick into cake center. The center should be quite firm to touch, not gooey or sticky.

  7. Leave cake to cool, then cut into 15 pieces and wrap in foil. Store them in a bag and refrigerate for later use.

Spicy Apple Quinoa Breakfast Cake


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa

  • ¼ cup whole oats

  • ½ cup agave nectar

  • 2 whole apples, medium-sized with skin, cored and grated

  • ½ cup raisins

  • ½ cup sunflower seeds

  • ½ cup any light oil (sunflower, safflower)

  • 1⅓ cups whole oat flour

  • 2 teaspoons chia or flax seeds, finely ground

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, ground

  • 1 teaspoon cardamom

  • 1 teaspoon ginger, ground

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Use a 9 inch square pan for baking and grease or line it with parchment.

  2. Mix the apple, agave nectar, oil, flax or chia seeds, quinoa, vinegar, vanilla, sunflower seeds and raisins in a bowl. Keep aside.

  3. In another bowl, sift the oat flour, baking powder and soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt and cardamom. Add oats to this bowl and mix well.

  4. Add the contents of the wet mixture bowl into the first bowl and stir well. A thick batter should be formed.

  5. Pour the batter into the baking pan and spread evenly. Make sure the top is smooth. Bake for 30-40 minutes. You can test if the cake is ready, by inserting a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean and dry, the cake is ready. Remove cake from oven and leave to cool. After it has cooled completely, cut into slices

Quinoa Cakes for Breakfast with Apple Sauce


  • 1 large apple, chopped

  • 1¼ cups quinoa flour

  • ¾ cup maple syrup

  • ½ cup oil

  • 1⅓ cup applesauce

  • ¼ cup rice bran

  • ¼ cup almond or hazelnut meal ( you can use ¼ of quinoa flour instead)

  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder

  • 1 tablespoon flax seed, finely ground

  • 3 tablespoons warm water

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon cloves

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking pan or loaf pan.

  2. In a bowl, mix flax seed and warm water, keep aside.

  3. In another bowl, mix the quinoa flour, arrowroot, hazelnut meal, rice bran, cinnamon, baking soda and powder, salt and cloves.

  4. In a different bowl, mix the maple syrup, oil, flax-water mix and applesauce.

  5. Add the apple pieces to the quinoa flour mixture (dry mixture) and stir. Then add the maple syrup mixture to this bowl and stir well. A batter with apple chunks is formed.

  6. Pour batter into pan and spread evenly. Bake cake for 55 minutes to 1 hour. Allow cake to cool before slicing.

Quinoa lends a unique and flavorful taste to food, with a granular texture. It has a very high protein content, especially among vegetables and fruits. Such nutritional qualities make quinoa an ideal protein source over meat and a useful substitute for wheat and rice in different foods. So next time, for a sweet yet healthy breakfasting food, try out the above quinoa breakfast cake recipes to whip up a delicious, fragrant and nutritious cake!

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