Top Rated Quinoa Recipes

mason jar salad
Making your own dressing always tastes better than store-bought and you have the power of the ingredients that go in it. This vegetarian salad is sweet and looks beautiful layered in a mason jar.
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I'm not going to lie, making risotto can be both time-consuming and tiring for that hard working stirring arm, but the final product of creamy decadence makes it all worth it. In culinary school, we learned that risotto is not actually a type of rice, but instead a method for cooking grains, which is a common misconception. The risotto method simply means to add cooking liquid (usually stock) a little at a time to the grain, while stirring frequently. This allows starch to be extracted from the grain, making the end product cohesive, creamy, and smooth. Keep in mind that the more you stir, the more starch is released, and the thicker your risotto will be. Some people think that you must stir constantly during the cooking process, but I like my risotto a little looser, and my arm a little less sore, so I take some stirring breaks. Try using the risotto method on some different grains, such as barley, farrow, quinoa, and even wild rices. If you want to stick to the classic Italian preparation, any short- or medium-grain rice will work.  Arborio, Vialone Nano, and Carnaroli are the best varieties, and can be found at most grocery stores. 
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Easy Pasta
I love making this recipe when I'm craving something warm and cheesy but don't have the time or patience to make anything complicated. While I actually used quinoa noodles in the photo, I usually use brown rice vermicelli that becomes soft and pliable when soaked in hot water for 2-3 minutes — amazing, I know. This cuts down the time spent boiling the pasta so the whole thing can be pulled together in under 5 minutes. But you can also use any kind of pasta and it will still be a quick meal. Lighter and less filling than traditional pasta, these vermicelli noodles are perfect for this almost no-cook dish. I usually throw in whatever I have on hand, so feel free to add chopped broccoli, peppers, snow peas, canned corn, chickpeas or any other vegetables or herbs that you have. Click here to see Recipe SWAT Team: 15-Minute Meals
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  Packed with premium protein, essential fatty acids, iron, calcium, fiber, and trace minerals, this burger isn’t too hard on the eyes, either. Different grains and spices come together to create an incredibly flavorful vegetarian burger that fulfills your daily nutrition needs, too.  Click here to see 50 Best Burger Recipes 
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Collard greens don't just have to be with fried chicken. The nutritional leaf makes a great substitute for wraps and is a low-sodium substitute. 
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Foil-Baked Salmon with Mango, Chile, and Lime
At the end of a long workday, my favorite kind of recipe to make is one that requires minimal attention and prep. This salmon recipe is one such example. I let a side of quinoa simmer away while this was in the oven, and if you like, you can make some salad as the salmon cooks, too. Getting dinner on the table easily is all about multitasking. Click here to see 8 Great Salmon Recipes.
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hormel taco meats epic taco bowl
"For something light and fresh try creating your own taco salad. Start with Hormel® Taco Meats™, which are all natural and pre-cooked, and add your favorite seasonal vegetables. I added one of our favorite grains, quinoa, which gives an extra boost of protein, and avocado for a healthy fat. This salad is packed with nutrients and full of flavor." – Chef Angela Sellers
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Cinnamon Apple Teff Porridge
With its pleasant flavor and distinct texture, think of teff porridge as oatmeal with soul. An excellent source of both calcium and vitamin C, this Ethiopian whole grain is a great way to start your day. Cinnamon and nutmeg perfectly complement its natural nutty sweetness, while warm apple compote makes this breakfast porridge as delicious as it is healthy.  Click here to see Quinoa and Beyond: 7 Great Recipes.
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Cinnamon-Scented Millet with Grilled Summer Vegetables
If you're a fan of couscous, then you might like this healthy summer vegetable whole-grain pilaf. Millet is a grain that cooks up nice and dry like couscous but with a chewier texture. Many historians point to its origins in China, where millet was used to make flour for noodles. Unlike many whole grains, millet cooks quickly, in 20 minutes or less. The dressing for this recipe has a touch of honey in it; it's not cloying or candy-like in its flavors as honey-based dressings can sometimes become. Instead, it delivers a subtle sweetness to the pilaf that doesn't mask the naturally smoky flavor of the grilled vegetables. Click here to see Quinoa and Beyond: 7 Great Recipes.
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Turkey BLT Sushi Rolls
This whimsical twist on a classic sandwich, the BLT, is fun to make and delicious. Don't worry — all the classic elements are there: bacon, lettuce, and tomato. For a healthy twist, though, we used turkey bacon instead of pork, and incorporated some quinoa into the rice mixture. Click here to see Reinventing the BLT — 9 Ways.
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Make restaurant-quality filet with this peppery, mustard marinade. Served alongside a mushroom ragù and drizzled in claret sauce, you'll hardly believe you made this dish at home. 
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Nut-Crusted Mahi-Mahi
Try this protein-packed, tasty, healthy  Mahi-Mahi fish entrée any night of the week for a change of routine. Serve with a side of quinoa or roasted vegetables for a complete meal.
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