The Best Quinoa Thanksgiving Recipes

The Best Quinoa Thanksgiving Recipes from Simply Quinoa

Do you have your Thanksgiving all planned out? Do you know exactly what you'll bring? Yeah, me either. Oh and then there's that whole thing about trying to stay healthy during the holidays...yeah, that. It's hard, it sucks and it generally means you'll be missing out on the good stuff. Well I hear ya loud and clear! I've totally got you covered this year. I searched high and low for all the … [Read more...]

Healthy Pumpkin Quinoa Pancakes

Pumpkin Quinoa Pancakes - healthy, gluten-free and just delicious!

This past Monday I made one of the hardest decision of my life. To stay with my (secure) full-time job as the Director of Marketing at a firm in Vermont OR do I take the leap of faith and commit myself 200% to Simply Quinoa. It’s something that I’ve toyed around with in the past, and it’s always been my dream, but I’ve never seemed to let myself take the risk. I’m not sure if it was a lack of … [Read more...]

How to Rinse Quinoa Video

How to Rinse Quinoa (a video tutorial)

One of the most common questions I get from readers is, "Why don't you rinse your quinoa?". Well before I get to that, let's first chat about why quinoa needs to be rinsed in the first place. Quinoa contains a bitter tasting outer coating which contains saponins. Essentially these saponins serve as a defense mechanism to the plant as it's growing - it keeps predators from eating the seeds.  If … [Read more...]

Cheesy Broccoli & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with Broccoli & cheese - AND made with the base of my 5-ingredient mac and cheese!

You know those classic combinations that bring two ingredients together and it’s like an explosion of flavors and you can’t imagine eating them separately from now on? Take peanut butter and jelly, for example. Or chocolate and peanut butter, for that matter. Or even tomatoes and basil. They’re all basic ingredients, delicious on their own, but when paired with the other, they’re taken to a … [Read more...]

Roasted Veggie Quinoa Salad with Toasted Spice Vinaigrette

Roasted Veggie Quinoa Salad with a Toasted Spice Vinaigrette

Okay, so who else is thinking about Thanksgiving already? It's hard not to when you're a food blogger and your life pretty much revolves around food, but this year in particular, my mind is swirling with new recipe ideas to share with my family. This year we're having Thanksgiving at my Aunt and Uncle's house in Massachusetts. All the cousins will be there like usual (there are 10 of us), and … [Read more...]

Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Quinoa Muffins


You guys, these muffins. Oh my goodness they are good. So good in fact that since coming up with the recipe this past weekend, I’ve already made them three times. And yes, they’re already gone. I need more. But you have to come over and help me eat them this time, OK? Not only are these muffins moist, tender and perfectly sweet, they’re studded with dark chocolate chips and are actually good … [Read more...]

Yeast-Free Quinoa Bread


Many of you have been waiting a LONG time for this recipe and I am so super excited to finally be giving it to you! Back in January I shared my recipe for gluten-free quinoa bread and it's been one of the most popular recipes on the site ever since. People have tried with so many different variations and have had nothing but great to things to say. However...while tons of people have loved this … [Read more...]

Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup


I made a discovery when making this soup that I seriously can't wait to share with you. You see, when it comes to creamy soups (and smoothies for that matter), I'm very particular about the texture. I like them thick and I like them ultra smooth. Thankfully, my blender totally does the job, leaving no lumps behind, but when you're making "cream of" anything soups and you're not using heavy cream, … [Read more...]

Super Easy 15-Minute Quinoa Breakfast Recipes

15 Minute Quinoa Breakfast Recipes - easy, quick, flavorful and healthy!

I'm sure it comes to no surprise to you that quinoa is one of my favorite breakfast foods. I eat it almost every morning (in some form) and I really love that it keeps me full all morning long. Quinoa is the perfect breakfast food because not only is it packed with protein, but it's also high in fiber and is a complex carbohydrate meaning it digests more slowly in your body, helping keep you … [Read more...]

5-Ingredient Vegan Quinoa Fudge

5-Ingredient quinoa fudge made gluten-free & vegan

Fudge is one of those things that I’ve never really eaten. I think it’s because it was never around when I was a kid and when I go to chocolate shops, I’d so much rather have a truffle or a chocolate caramel. But it’s one of those sweets that when I eat it, I’m shocked at how good it is. It’s velvety texture, it’s ultra rich flavor. It’s pure decadence. And I know it’s not healthy. Plus, it’s a … [Read more...]