As far as seeds go, quinoa is one the best. It packs the most protein among its siblings and cousins, and it can be added to as many dishes as you can think!
Here 19 high-protein quinoa recipes you’d surely want to add to your diet.
1. Berry Quinoa Salad
Looking for a healthy dessert that also tastes great? Give this recipe for Berry Quinoa Salad a try. Enjoy the sweetness of strawberry, blueberry, raspberry and blackberry mixed together with 2 cups of dry red quinoa for that protein content you are looking for.
2. One-Pot Chicken, Quinoa, Mushrooms & Spinach
Via Cookin’ Canuck
With a protein content of 29 grams and calorie count of only 277, you won’t go wrong with this chicken, quinao, mushroom and spinach dish. It takes but a short time to cook too, making it an ideal “instant” comfort food for your family or friends.
3. Crockpot Italian Chicken & Quinoa Soup
Vegetable lovers and meat eaters alike will surely want to get a taste of your delicious crockpot soup. This soup is loaded with chicken, and everyone’s favorite vegetables together with, of course, protein-heavy quinoa seeds.
4. Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites
Chicken is already the food to go especially for gym buffs looking to load up on muscle-building protein. This one simply adds the protein in quinoa seeds and eggs into the mix. Dip the bites into the equally tasty dipping sauce made out of Greek yoghurt, blue cheese and garlic powder, among others.
5. Cheesy Quinoa Waffles
Via Smart Nutrition
One thing about this quinoa is that it’s simply an improvement over your normal waffle. It adds in quinoa, eggs and lentils into the waffle batter and finishes off the taste with cheddar, cottage and feta cheese.
6. Savory Pesto Quinoa Breakfast Bowls
Via Simply Quinoa
This breakfast bowl is a powerhouse. It is full of protein thanks to the eggs and quinoa seeds, loaded with complex carbohydrates for energy and healthy fats from the avocado.
7. Greek Quinoa Zucchini Fritters
Via Delish Knowledge
Fried is dried, so they say, and thus fried food generally loses nutritional value. These fritters, however, are full of nutrition, thanks to the combo of zucchini, quinoa and flour. Just make sure to fry at high temperature so the oil doesn’t eat away all the nutrients!
8. Spinach Salad with Quinoa
If you’re looking for a quick salad fix, then you can build this Spinach salad. This recipe puts in a creamy avocado dressing to complement the salad, which contains dry quinoa, chickpeas, avocado oil and tomatoes.
9. Red Quinoa Burgers
Via Coffee & Quinoa
You said burgers are unhealthy? You only need to add quinoa seeds, egg, cannellini beans and one large egg to your hamburger patties, and you have a burger that packs a lot of nutrition.
10. Quinoa Granola with Coconut & Chia Seeds
You don’t have to avoid sweets even if you’re keeping to a diet. This healthy but delicious granola is made up of quinoa flakes, chia seeds, coconut shreds, and raw almonds, among others. Agave or maple syrup contribute to making it taste like the granola you love!
11. Quinoa Chowder with Spinach, Feta, and Scallions
This is the vegetarian way of making chowder. It replaces seafood toppings with a mix of vegetables, feta and quinoa. It also does away with cream as well.
12. Spicy Thai Coconut Quinoa
This quinoa dish brings together all the great stuff about coconut milk, peanut sauce and vegetables. Anyone can cook this in their own kitchen, so go ahead and give it a try!
13. Cranberry Quinoa Scones
These quones are made out of mixture of quinoa flour and cranberries. They’re very easy to make, and takes just a short time to prepare. You only need to make the dough, set it in the oven and you just wait for the final product.
14. Quinoa-Crusted Cauliflower Steak
Via The Vintage Mixer
This looks like tasty meat steak, but is actually cauliflower covered in thick quinoa crust. This goes well with vegetable salad too.
15. Baked Quinoa Empanada
This one is for the vegetarians. Simply replace shredded meat that you usually find in empanadas with dry quinoa, goat cheese, white onion, carrots and beaten egg yolk, among others.
16. Pork Fried Rice With Quinoa
You like Asian pork friend rice? Then you will certainly love this recipe. It’s a very flexible dish, whose ingredients you can easily change to suit your limitations.
17. Cheesy Quinoa Cakes
Via Spoon Fork Bacon
This quinoa dish is not only delicious, but it’s also very easy to prepare. If you have lots of quinoa seeds lying around and some ingredients, you can quickly make some as a snack for surprise visitors!
18. Black Bean & Quinoa Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
That’s not spaghetti, but healthy squash that has been roasted for 60 minutes in the oven. It also has quinoa seeds in vegetable broth and topped with creamy cheddar cheese.
19. Lentils, Beef & Quinoa Soup
Soups don’t always have meat, and thus they have protein value. This one, however, make full use of quinoa, lentils and beef so you get your protein together with other health benefits of soups.