Despite all the health nuts who praise the nutritional value and benefits of the stuff, there is no escaping the fact that quinoa the grain by itself is… just dull.

Yes, much like with rice and pasta, it doesn’t make much of a dish alone. However there are a whole range of ways we can make quinoa, well, not boring.

Here are some reminders as to why quinoa is heralded as a miracle food…

Quinoa contains an abundance of proteins as well as all nine essential amino acids that are required by the body. In combination these act as building blocks for muscles, and help develop new body tissues. In fact, its protein content also makes it a heaven-sent super food to people undergoing weight loss programs.

Quinoa also boasts (get ready for this): Magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, lysine, potassium, and iron. This particular combination of nutrients and antioxidant materials helps to prevent both cell damage and cardiovascular disease.

Furthermore, it’s rich in fiber. This helps lower cholesterol levels, maintaining a healthy heart, and also a low glycemic index, which helps to keep blood-sugar levels low.

Ok, so I’ve told you why you should be having it, but what about taste?

Despite its fairly bland natural form, there are plenty of brilliant recipes out there that make use of quinoa. Here are 14 ways to make quinoa not… boring.

 

Quinoa Avocado Spinach Power Salad

avocado quinoa salad

by Kaitlin @ The Garden Grazer

 

Quinoa Pizza Bites

Quinoa Pizza Bites

by Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen

 

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

quinoa enchilada casserole

by Chungah @ Damn Delicious

 

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Trail Mix Balls

trail mix balls recipe

by Jenna @ Eat, Live, Run

 

Quinoa Granola Bars

quinoa seed granola bars

by Sarah @ Feasts for All Seasons

 

Thai Veggie Quinoa Bowls

Thai Veggie Quinoa Bowls Recipe

by Vicky @ Avocado Pesto

 

Zesty Sriracha Shrimp and Quinoa

Zesty Sriracha Shrimp and Quinoa

by Julie @ Julie’s Eats and Treats

 

Black Bean & Quinoa Veggie Burgers

black bean and quinoa veggie burger

by Nicole @ Prevention RD

 

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

vegetarian quinoa chili

by Jaclyn @ Cooking Classy

 

Sesame Quinoa Spring Rolls

Sesame Quinoa Spring Rolls

by The Healthy Haven Blog

 

Buffalo Quinoa Bites

Buffalo Quinoa Bites

by Betsy @ Betsylife

 

Blueberry Banana Quinoa Muffins

Blueberry Banana Quinoa Muffins

by Christine @ Food Addict and Fitness Fantatic

 

Puffed Quinoa Peanut Butter Balls

Puffed Quinoa Peanut Butter Balls

by Angela @ Vegangela

 

Quinoa Banana Bread

Quinoa Banana Bread

by Felicia @ Dish by Dish

 

What’s your best quinoa recipe? Leave it in the comments below!

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