Chowhounds love cooking with quinoa, a tiny protein-packed grain. Some treat it simply, incorporating it into other dishes, while others use it as the base for salads and sides meant to highlight its nutty flavor.

ziggylu’s husband loves to cook quinoa in coconut milk. ipsedixit adds it to vegetable soups and minestrone to make them heartier. HillJ finds the grain makes an interesting substitute for rice in stuffed peppers.

pikawicca chops and adds whatever vegetables are available to cooked quinoa, along with vinaigrette, sun-dried tomatoes, and black olives.

WendyBinCT says this Martha Stewart recipe for spicy lemon quinoa is “easy and delicious.” And oakjoan says this citrus-dressed red rice and quinoa recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi is terrific, drawing raves from guests.

newfoodie recommends a breakfast recipe of warm and nutty cinnamon quinoa, saying it’s a “satisfying and unique way of preparing quinoa.”

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