quinoa bowl quinoa bowl Long live the quinoa! (Photo: Elena Veselova / Shutterstock)

6 recipes that harness the brilliance of quinoa

This protein-rich, wholesome seed is packed with benefits and is fantastic in so many recipes.

Those of us who have been acquainted with quinoa know it's more than just a food trend of the hipster set; it’s also a wholesome, nutrient-rich edible seed (not a grain, contrary to widespread belief) to keep around the house for just about every type of meal you could be in the mood for. It's naturally gluten-free and contains all the essential amino acids to easily fill your protein quota. It's also a great choice for vegetarians or those trying to reduce their carbohydrate intake.

Here are the Israeli Kitchen's six go-to dishes containing quinoa that you'll definitely want to add to your recipe cache.

Quinoa tabbouleh with mint tahini

Quinoa tabbuleh with mint tahiniThis tabbouleh made with quinoa is common in Israeli cafes. (Photo: Miriam Kresh)

Tabbouleh is a popular Mediterranean salad that's usually made with bulgur, or cracked wheat. Here, it's made with traditional quinoa, with a drizzle of mint tahini dressing that complements a salad like this perfectly.

Here's our Israeli Kitchen recipe for quinoa tabbouleh with mint tahini.

Cilantro lime quinoa salad

Cilantro, quinoa and beans make a salad that's both healthy and delicious.Cilantro, quinoa, sweet potatoes and beans make a salad that's both healthy and delicious. (Photo: MSPhotographic/Shutterstock)

This salad is a protein powerhouse, packed to the brim with black beans and sweet potatoes and using rainbow quinoa for an extra dose of color. And if you're one of the folks who can't stand cilantro and are loath to use it in recipes, don't worry: Parsley is a fine replacement.

Here's our Israeli Kitchen recipe for cilantro lime quinoa salad.

Quinoa with Israeli feta and red peppers

Quinoa with Israeli feta and red peppers Quinoa is a perfect ingredient to showcase a great dish. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

With a mild flavor and a texture that easily absorbs seasoning, quinoa is great for showcasing fresh vegetables, herbs and a robust vinaigrette dressing. Israeli Kitchen contributor Sarah Berkowitz uses the Tnuva brand of feta cheese, often called Israeli feta, that's available at stores throughout the U.S. It's made from sheep’s milk and makes a fabulously tasty addition to any salad, from tossed salad to pasta and everything in between.

Here's our Israeli Kitchen recipe for quinoa with Israeli feta and red peppers.

Butternut squash stuffed with quinoa

Butternut squash stuffed with quinoa.Hollowed-out butternut squash stuffed with quinoa. (Photo: Sarsmis/Shutterstock)

We know how much you like stuffed vegetables. Using a protein like quinoa as a basic stuffing agent makes it easy to merge all the flavors you love into one robust yet nutritious dish, like this butternut squash. As summer gives way to fall, this is a great one to try.

Here's our Israeli Kitchen recipe for butternut squash stuffed with quinoa.

Quinoa oatmeal bread

Quinoa bread with oatmealQuinoa bread with oatmeal (Photo: Miriam Kresh)

Yes, you can bake with quinoa, too! Israeli Kitchen contributor Miriam Kresh says this multi-grain quinoa oatmeal bread is lighter than the usual nut-and-seed loaf. It also exudes a chewy – but not stiff – texture, not to mention the extra fiber provided by the oatmeal.

Here's our Israeli Kitchen recipe for quinoa oatmeal bread.

Quinoa-crusted chicken parmesan

quinoa chicken parmesanA new idea for breading chicken: quinoa. (Photo: Damn Delicious)

Well, here's something you might not have thought to do with quinoa: bread your chicken with it! When you're out of bread crumbs, quinoa makes a perfectly crisp breading, giving traditional chicken parmesan a healthy twist, without resorting to irrational measures like leaving out the breading entirely.

Here's the recipe for quinoa-crusted chicken parmesan, thanks to the Damn Delicious blog.


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