6 Quick & Easy Quinoa Meal Ideas That Are *Not* Salads

by Divyata Raut
FOOD  |  May 16, 2018
  • 1. Quinoa fried rice
    1 / 6 1. Quinoa fried rice

    Quinoa has amassed the likes of health enthusiasts all around the world as a fantastic alternative to rice. With twice the amount of fibre and protein that rice has, Friday night dinners can be made a whole lot healthier simply by switching the rice out for quinoa. Whip up a gluten-free version of your sinful hawker favourite by using any of these healthy cooking oils, lean meat, and cooked quinoa. Tip: Save a huge batch of cooked quinoa in your fridge so you can use it to substitute rice any time!

    (Also read: This Quinoa Fried Rice Dish Is Instant Lunch Envy)

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  • 2. Quinoa porridge
    2 / 6 2. Quinoa porridge

    If you have a sweet tooth, you will love this delicious porridge idea. Adding quinoa, a mashed banana and cinnamon powder to a pot of warm milk makes a soulful bowl of sweet porridge that is filled with a good mix of healthy carbohydrates and protein. When it comes to porridge, quinoa is a good carbohydrate to experiment with as its slightly nutty taste adds a light touch to whichever flavour your base liquid is infused with.

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  • 3. Quinoa protein bowl
    3 / 6 3. Quinoa protein bowl

    There is nothing like a good old burrito bowl with spicy and tantalising flavours. Steer clear of the buttery rice as quinoa tastes just as amazing when paired with these zesty toppings. Add your spiced chicken to a bed of cooked quinoa and top it off with beans, salsa, and a good squeeze of lemon. Just the thought of it is making our mouths water!

    (Also read: Are You Cooking Quinoa Right?)

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  • 4. Quinoa patties
    4 / 6 4. Quinoa patties

    If quinoa can be used to substitute rice, you can do the same with flour. Combining cooked quinoa with eggs and chopped vegetables of your choice forms an excellent batter that makes crispy meatless patties. Aside from savoury dishes, you can lend the neutral taste of this healthy grain to sweet dishes by blending it with a banana, an egg and some milk for pancakes that taste just like banana cake.

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  • 5. Quinoa soup
    5 / 6 5. Quinoa soup

    Quinoa grains are light and airy which makes them a perfect addition to soup. Plus, they do not retain much moisture so you will not have to worry about chowing down on soggy quinoa. Quinoa soup is a great way to make use of leftovers like fish and vegetables, made twice as filling with a handful of yummy quinoa.

    (Also read: 13 Cafes & Restaurants in Singapore to Get Your Quinoa Fix)

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  • 6. Quinoa sushi rolls
    6 / 6 6. Quinoa sushi rolls

    Sushi rolls are pretty healthy, if we overlook the amount of sugar and vinegar that is used to make the rice. Luckily, you can make your homemade sushi rolls extra nutritious by swopping out the rice for cooked quinoa. Roll up a thin sheet of nori with a layer of quinoa, some miso sauce and fish. We assure you that you’ll be blown away by the burst of freshness in every grain of quinoa in this healthy roll. (Speaking of which, do you know how many calories your regular sushi has?)

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