Quinoa: The super grain
Getting to know this grain is easy — we promise. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) looks unassuming due to its miniscule size, but don't be fooled by this super food. Actually the seed of a plant, quinoa ranges in color from white to red to black. It's been cultivated for more than 4,000 years; the ancient Incas considered it an important sacred crop, referring to it as "the mother grain."
Quinoa's slightly crunchy texture and nutty flavor adds a certain robustness to each dish, and it's versatility means it can be used in a variety of meals. We know once you try it, you’ll certainly be back for more.
Let's get cooking!
We love quinoa for breakfast as a hot or cold cereal, in salads, and as an alternate for other grains such as bulgur or rice in side dishes. For a richer flavor, toast it in a dry skillet for a few minutes before cooking.
Try these recipes and see what you think
- 5-Color Quinoa Salad
- Apple Quinoa Salad with Curry Dressing
- Balsamic Beets with Fennel and Quinoa
- Basic Quinoa
- Better-than-Bisquick Quinoa Pancakes
- Farmers Market Spring Quinoa Salad
- Hearty Turkey Quinoa Soup with Root Vegetables and Winter Greens
- Homemade Quinoa, Coconut and Chia Seed Granola
- Hot Quinoa Cereal
- Kale and Quinoa Salad with Lemon-Garlic Dressing
- Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
- Minted Quinoa
- Mushroom Quinoa Risotto
- PCC Aztec Quinoa and Bean Salad
- PCC Curried Lentil and Quinoa Salad
- PCC Quinoa Tabouli
- PCC Sesame Quinoa with Edamame
- PCC Texas Quinoa Tabouli
- Quinoa and Corn Pasta
- Quinoa and Herbed Potato Loaf with Asparagus-Pistachio Pesto
- Quinoa Breakfast Porridge
- Quinoa Salad with Cherries and Arugula
- Quinoa Tabouli Salad
- Quinoa with Garlic and Soy Sauce
- Quinoa-Broccoli Chowder
- Red Quinoa with Zucchini and Corn
- Roasted Acorn Squash with Quinoa
- South American Quinoa Salad
- Sprouted Quinoa Flatbread (or Pizza Crust)
- Steamed Quinoa
- Sweet Potato Quinoa Biscotti with Chocolate Chips
Learn more about other bulk grains in our how-to guide.