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January 25, 2021

by Alyssa

25 Best Easy Quinoa Recipes

Short on time, but still want to feed your family something healthy? These 25 easy quinoa recipes have you covered for whole-grain breakfasts, dinner, snacks, and desserts!

25 of the BEST easy Quinoa Recipes

One of my favorite things about quinoa is how easy it is to prepare. We've made our fair share of recipes together, and seen how versatile this little seed can be. However, today I want to focus on recipes that check two boxes:

1) Easy

2) Speedy

Isn't it great when you can pull a delicious dinner together in under 30 minutes? Or when you want to whip up a fabulous gluten-free breakfast and only need to use 5 ingredients? And now we're compiling all 25 of our easiest quinoa recipes in one round-up. From easy vegan quinoa recipes to quinoa bowls to protein-packed quinoa recipes with tofu, these recipes cover all of your needs.

If you're short on time or just love a simple recipe, here are our 25 best recipes for quinoa that are fast, easy, and delicious.

Best Quinoa Breakfast Recipes

The Perfect Fall Smoothie with Carrot Cake

Healthy Carrot Cake Smoothie

This smoothie is bright and vibrant with a healthy dose of vitamin C and protein. The best part? It tastes like dessert for breakfast!


These VEGAN quinoa breakfast tacos are the perfect way to start the day -- protein-packed, fiber-rich and loads of veggies!

Quinoa Breakfast Tacos with Kale + Butternut Squash

Unite the nutrition powerhouses quinoa and kale in this savory breakfast that's as fast to make as it is to eat!


How to make Quinoa Flakes

Healthy Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Your quinoa breakfast bowl game has never looked more decadent or inviting. Chocolate adds antioxidants, while quinoa brings ts the protein to keep you full all morning.

Best Easy Quinoa Soup Recipes

creamy coconut mushroom quinoa soup

Creamy Coconut & Mushroom Soup

Coconut milk adds just the right amount of body and creaminess to this dairy-free soup. This bowl is so full of umami flavors it's hard to believe how fast and easy it is to make!


COCONUT QUINOA CURRY -- made in the slow cooker with only a few simple ingredients. Only fresh, wholesome ingredients, it's naturally gluten-free AND vegetarian too!

Slow Cooker Coconut Quinoa Curry

This one might take a little longer than the super-fast recipes on the list. But thanks to a slow cooker, it couldn't be easier to make this hands-off quinoa curry soup.


Spring Quinoa Minestrone with all sorts of amazing seasonal veggies! Hearty, simply and delicious!

Spring Vegetable Quinoa Minestrone

Crisp springtime vegetables add freshness, color, and nutrition to this light and healthy vegetable quinoa soup recipe.


Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder - ready in 30 minutes and PACKED with plant-based protein (vegan + GF)

30-Minute Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder

That's right: just half an hour to make an insanely creamy and flavor-packed roasted garlic cauliflower chowder perfect for a chilly night.


Best Easy Quinoa Salad Recipes

healthy quinoa salad with almonds and green beans

Green Bean & Almond Quinoa Salad

Snappy green beans meet nutty almonds and quinoa in this wintertime salad that brings the fresh flavors you're craving.


Summer Squash & Zucchini Quinoa Salad Recipe

Summer Squash + Zucchini Quinoa Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts

Celebrate fresh produce with this summery salad. Toasted pine nuts add a touch of buttery flavor and crunchy texture to this fast and easy grain salad.


asian quinoa power salad with edamame and a ginger-miso dressing

Asian Quinoa Power Salad

Reinvent your typical quinoa bowl with this crunchy, colorful, and just-spicy-enough power salad. Cooked quinoa absorbs the zippy flavors from the Asian dressing for a totally addicting result.


Best Quick & Easy Dinner Recipes with Quinoa

Tomato & Zucchini Quinoa Pizza -- a simple, flavorful, plant-based pizza recipe that is absolutely PERFECT for summer!

Summer Tomato & Zucchini Quinoa Pizza

Quinoa isn't just for grain bowls! Make a crisp, flavorful pizza for dinner topped with your favorite summer produce.


Super Easy Vegetable Quinoa Fried Rice that's made in less than 10 minutes and uses only 8 ingredients! (it's also gluten-free + vegetarian)

10 Minute Vegetable Quinoa “Fried Rice”

This quinoa dinner recipe couldn't be faster to make or more satisfying. Use any of your favorite quick-cooking veggies to amp up the color and flavors.

Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Fill tender sweet potatoes with the Mexican flavors for a filling and fast vegetarian weeknight dinner.


These healthy Cilantro Lime Black Bean Quinoa Tacos are the PERFECT recipe for summer! Light, flavorful, healthy and super SIMPLE! [vegan]

Cilantro Lime Black Bean Quinoa Tacos

Vegetarian tacos get an upgrade from black beans, whole grains, and a zesty cilantro-lime dressing.

Vegan Lentil + Quinoa Meatloaf -- it might sound strange, but it's absolutely AMAZING! Even meat-lovers will love this loaf! {gluten-free}

Vegan Lentil + Quinoa Meatloaf

You might not believe that this hearty meatloaf is 100% vegetarian. Lentils and quinoa unite to make a meaty, savory loaf that also freezes beautifully.


Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese

5-Ingredient Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Yup, just 5 simple ingredients to make this noodle-free mac and cheese. Not only is it healthier than your typical cheesy casserole, but it's also a whole lot easier.


how to make quinoa stuffed sweet potatoes

Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Another favorite way to turn a sweet potato into a satisfying dinner or lunch with a creamy homemade dressing.


Curry Roasted Vegetable Quinoa bowls with cauliflower, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, kale and a creamy tahini dressing!

Curry Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls

This classic quinoa bowl recipe has earthy flavors from roasted root vegetables and chickpeas, plus fresh crunch from kale.

Easy Snack Recipes with Quinoa

Healthy Protein Bars with Peanut Butter

No-Bake Peanut Butter Power Bars

You'll be so glad you made a batch of these no-bake protein bars for the week. Enjoy the rich, creamy flavor of peanut butter in a packable, healthy homemade snack.


Vegan Buffalo Quinoa Bites & Vegan Ranch Dip

Dunkable buffalo bites get a healthy makeover from quinoa and a fast plant-based ranch dip.


I'm totally bringing these mini quinoa pizza bites to my next neighborhood party. They're so easy to make, taste like pizza and are surprisingly healthy too!

Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites with Hummus + Crispy Chickpeas

Throw back to your childhood favorite bagel bites with these healthy mini pizzas with creamy hummus and crunchy chickpeas.

Crunchy Toasted Coconut Quinoa Bites >> only 5 ingredients, naturally sweetened and 100% gluten-free

Crunchy Toasted Coconut Butter Quinoa Bites

Coconut butter is the key to crunchy, nutty quinoa bites perfect to power you through the afternoon slump.

Easy Quinoa Dessert Recipes

vegan chocolate chia pudding with hemp seeds for extra protein

Chocolate Quinoa & Chia Pudding

Whether you dig into this quinoa chia pudding for breakfast or dessert, it's guaranteed to satisfy your sweet craving.


My absolute favorite brownie recipe EVER! These healthy quinoa brownies are fudgy, rich and delicious!

Fudgy Salted Quinoa Brownies

These brownies are insanely fudgy and chocolaty with a secret boost of protein from cooked quinoa.


no bake turtle cookie quinoa energy bites with dates and pecans

Turtle Cookie Quinoa Energy Bites

These packable, nutty bites are super easy to make and offer the energy boost you're looking for without a sugar rush.



25 of the BEST easy Quinoa Recipes

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About Alyssa

Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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  1. Thanks for your recipes! I avoid all sugars, diary, red meat and processed foods… Just recently started including quinoa in my meals and your blog inspired me to make some delicious food 🙂

  2. Thank you for these great recipes, I love them! I eat healthy vegetarian and your recipes are right up my alley, so glad I found you. Super delicious AND nutritious!


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