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8 Delicious Ways to Eat Quinoa for Dinner

Photo: Gwendolyn Richards of Patent and the Pantry

Although quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) has been around for centuries, it has only made its way onto North American dinner tables in the past few decades. Since then it has become popular for its nutritional qualities – it’s gluten free and high in protein, containing a full set of amino acids on its own, making it a complete protein all by itself. Actually a seed related to leafy greens such as kale, quinoa is lighter and fluffier than most whole grains, which can be dense and chewy. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are a few new ways to get quinoa onto your dinner table!

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  • Quinoa Tabbouleh 1 of 8
    Quinoa Tabbouleh
    In place of the traditional bulgur, quinoa makes a light, fluffy, high-protein tabbouleh salad! Add grilled chicken or salmon for a heartier meal in a bowl.
    Patent and the Pantry has the recipe!
  • Quinoa Stuffed Artichokes 2 of 8
    Quinoa Stuffed Artichokes
    Perfect for spring - quinoa makes a delicious stuffing for fresh artichokes!
    Simple Bites has the recipe!
  • Vegan Quinoa Fried Rice 3 of 8
    Vegan Quinoa Fried Rice
    Of course it's not really fried rice, it's fried quinoa - why should rice have all the fun?
    Cheeky Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Kale & Quinoa Salad with Feta & Dried Cranberries 4 of 8
    Kale & Quinoa Salad with Feta & Dried Cranberries
    This light yet rugged salad is a great way to get your dark leafy greens - and great grains at the same time!
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!
  • Quinoa Huevos Rancheros 5 of 8
    Quinoa Huevos Rancheros
    The classic egg brunch dish gets an upgrade with quinoa - try them for dinner, too!
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Baked Salmon Over Apple Ginger Quinoa 6 of 8
    Baked Salmon Over Apple Ginger Quinoa
    A lovely light dinner - salmon and quinoa make a perfect pairing. And both cook in under 20 minutes!
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Summer Thyme Quinoa Pitas 7 of 8
    Summer Thyme Quinoa Pitas
    Perfect for a light dinner or portable picnic (or take-to-work lunch), try quinoa stuffed into pitas. Delish!
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Curried Quinoa Wrap with Spring Peas 8 of 8
    Curried Quinoa Wrap with Spring Peas
    Check out this brilliant wrap - stuffed with curried quinoa and bright green peas. It's infinitely adaptable - add whatever veggies you like, or try chickpeas or shredded roast chicken!
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!

Looking for more quinoa recipes? Find more kid-friendly dishes for breakfast, lunch and more here!

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