Monday, July 17, 2023

Six Flavorful Quinoa Summer Sides -

Tired of rice? Try one of my 6 of my delicious quinoa recipes that I'm sharing today. These favorites are all light, easy, and fragrant and make a perfect side dish.

Quinoa Tabouleh ( Recipe Link)

quinoa salad, quinoa tabouleh, vegan, gluten-free

Nutritional Value of 1 cup cooked Quinoa
8 grams of protein 
5 grams of fiber
Good source of minerals 
Naturally Gluten-Free and vegan

Quinoa has a substantial amount of protein for a grain and it's a complete protein. It provides all the amino acids that make up a protein. It also contains significant fiber which might help you reach the suggested quota of about 26-36 grams per day (for women depending on age. Older woman require the lesser number) 

quinoa with sliced almonds and white raisins

Quinoa is available in a few varieties: white, red, mixture of white and red. I prefer the white for summer recipes. It's the lightest tasting. 

Moroccan Quinoa (Recipe Link)Moroccan quinoa recipe

Quinoa Orange Pilaf (Recipe Link)

stuffed acorn squash quarters

Quinoa Lover's Salad Recipe Link)

Quinoa in a bowl with vegetables

Quinoa made in the Instant Pot

1. All of my recipes are gluten-free; recent recipes are vegan and oil-free and the earlier recipes are vegan or vegetarian. 
2. Quinoa is available in a few varieties: white, red, mixture of white and red. I prefer the white for summer recipes. It's the lightest tasting. 
3.  Quinoa needs to be washed well before cooking it. The seeds contain a coating that can be bitter if not washed well. I usually soak my seeds for a few minutes, and stir them around, and discard the water before washing them again through a colander. 


  1. If I ate carbs, then quinoa is definitely something I would enjoy.

  2. I wish I could enjoy quinoa but I don't. I really tried. I think it is the texture that gets me. It looks good though.

  3. I love quinoa! And that tabbouli looks fabulous!

  4. YUM... these are such a smart and delicious way to up my daily protein. I especially love the flavors of your Moroccan Quinoa!!

  5. We love quinoa too. Great ideas here. Thank you.

  6. I am sure all those who enjoy quinoa will find these recipe suggestions helpful.

    All the best Jan

  7. we eat a lot of quinoa in this house :) So good for you. thanks for all the ideas here.

  8. What a cornucopia of quinoa! The stuffed acorn squash is particularly picturesque. 😀

  9. I have not learnt to appreciate quinoa but these sides look enticing.

    Hugs and blessings, Judee

  10. Quinoa is so versatile, these all sound great!

  11. Thanks Judee for sharing this post and glad I saw the recipe for quinoa, almonds, and raisins. I've never made that combo of ingredients and you inspired me.

  12. You have shared a yummy and healthy collection of recipes, with your mouthwatering photos and clear instructions. I liked how you explained the benefits and the versatility of quinoa, as well as the ingredients and the steps of making each side dish. You have also given me some inspiration and excitement to try these recipes for myself or for my family and friends.

  13. If you quinoa, then you should try kaniwa, Judee. (p.s to answer your question left on my blog, Judee, I don't eat anything else, except meat, mostly beef and lamb, a bit seafood, a little bit of herbs here and there. There are a few of vegetables I can eat without issues, but if I ate them two days in a row, I am in trouble. And ZERO fruit for me too. And no, I don't eat bread, grains, ect. I love to bake sourdough (geeze, my starter is about 20 years old :-)), but I don't touch them. I feel the BEST when I just eat steak with salt, and drink sparkling water.)

  14. A delicious collection of quinoa recipes!!.....Abrazotes, Marcela

  15. I have never made quinoa successfully but will give at least one of these a try...thanks!


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