13 Protein-Packed Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa is more than just a superseed that you hear about from people at the gym or in health magazines. It is a nutrient-dense ingredient that can be used in recipes to create delicious meals that are packed with protein so you won’t even notice that the meat is missing. Here are a few recipes to get you excited about cooking with this ancient seed.
Header image and recipe for Basic Quinoa Salad from CHOW

1. Coconut, Almond, & Quinoa Breakfast Cakes

These healthy quinoa breakfast pancakes guarantee you a filling start to your day that will keep you full all morning long.
Photo and recipe from The First Mess

2. Quinoa Chowder with Spinach, Feta, and Scallions

The delicious mix of vegetables, feta, and quinoa is so satisfying in this dish that you won’t even miss the seafood or cream you're used to with regular chowder.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

3. Quinoa-Crusted Cauliflower Steak

The steak as you know it gets a fancy makeover with this vegetarian version made out of cauliflower and coated in a quinoa crust. Serve with a side of mashed potatoes and a salad for a full meal.
Photo and recipe from The Vintage Mixer

4. Cheesy Quinoa Cakes

These cheesy cakes are perfect finger food for a party or can be enjoyed as a main dish for lunch or dinner. Serve them with a salad for a complete and light meal.
Photo and recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon

5. Spicy Thai Coconut Quinoa

Quinoa is simmered in coconut milk and then topped with vegetables and drizzled with a peanut sauce in this healthy and simple weeknight meal. The best part? It makes for wonderful lunch leftovers as well!
Photo and recipe from CHOW

6. Cranberry Quinoa Scones

Quinoa is sometimes also used in flour form as a substitute for all-purpose or whole-wheat flour in baking. In this recipe, it’s used in combination with an array of other flours to make a filling and delicious breakfast scone.
Photo and recipe from Cannelle et Vanille

7. Baked Quinoa Adobado

This Mexican baked dish is the perfect side for any taco night but is also filling enough to shine as the main course. The recipe is easy to prepare so you can focus on enjoying your margarita while it bakes.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

8. Potato, Quinoa, and Cumin Hash Browns

Hash browns get a makeover in these cumin-spiked quinoa and potato patties. Top with a fried egg for an irresistible weekend brunch.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

9. Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Quinoa makes for an easy and delicious filling in this stuffed acorn squash recipe. The filling can be made ahead of time and then added to the squash right before sticking in the oven.
Photo and recipe from The Farmer's Daughter

10. Spicy Chickpea Stew with Quinoa Pilaf

This stew is loaded with vegetables, grains, legumes, and even a little fruit to make a complete and nutritious meal. The quinoa pilaf that is the base for the stew also gives the meal an extra protein boost.
Photo and recipe from Dolly and Oatmeal

11. Coconut Almond Quinoa Granola

There is no sign of oats in this granola recipe but it isn't missed, as the quinoa is the base for this sweet and crunchy recipe. Top yogurt with the granola and add fruit for a simple and delicious breakfast.
Photo and recipe from Taste, Love & Nourish

12. Quinoa with Kale and Pecans

Pecans and kale make for a great salad, so why not mix this nutty bitter pair with protein-filled quinoa to make a balanced dish that is filling enough to serve as a vegetarian main meal.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

13. Healthy Quinoa Breakfast Porridge with Figs

Swap out your run-of-the-mill oatmeal for protein-packed quinoa, and say good-bye to pre-lunch hunger pains. Walnuts and dried figs add a great contract of textures in this addictive A.M dish.

Photo and recipe from CHOW

Shelly Westerhausen is the founder of Vegetarian 'Ventures, a food blog that focuses on planet-based recipes and healthy eating habits. In her free time, you can find her rocking a wolf T-shirt, sipping on hibiscus tea, and working on her magazine, Driftless.

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