July 9, 2017

Quinoa Recipes | Quick & Easy Meals

by ironparadisefitness

When you think quinoa, the words bland, boring and dull might spring to mind. But after trying these quinoa recipes you’ll be thinking ‘delicious’ and ‘nutritious’ instead.

If you happened to put ‘quinoa recipes’ into Google and stumbled across this article, I’m sure you did so because you’ve heard quinoa is a “superfood” that you should be eating.

But what does that actually mean?

The term superfood is something that’s largely overused these days. Most of the time it’s used as a marketing ploy to convince you that you need to be eating whatever it is they’re selling.

However, if you were going to dish out the term superfood then quinoa should be at the top of the list. And that’s due to the fact it has a ton of benefits for you overall health, as well as helping you achieve those weight and fat loss goals.

So before we dive into these awesome quinoa recipes, let’s take a couple of minutes to go into those benefits a little more.

The benefits of Quinoa

Quinoa has a number of benefits. In fact, this article goes as far as to list 27 benefits, backed by science. Thankfully, I won’t list out all 27 right now. But let’s focus in on two of the key ones that you should be interested in.

Nutrient Dense

Quinoa is extremely nutrient-dense. One cup (185g) yields a wide variety of micronutrients. And it’s these micros that will be doing wonders for your health and make you feel healthier. Of course you can have chips as your carb source if you really want. But you’ll be missing out on an array of extra benefits.

And what are those benefits? Here’s a few, but there are many more:

  • Iron – Plays an important role in the production of red blood cells as well metabolising proteins.
  • Zinc – Maintains proper function of the immune and digestive systems. Also reduces of stress levels and improves metabolism.
  • Potassium – Counteracts the effects of sodium, which helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
  • Magnesium – Can reduce symptoms from a variety of conditions such as fatigue and insomnia.

So use these quinoa recipes to maximise your micronutrient intake and gain all of these benefits.

Weight Loss

Calories in vs calories out is the most important aspect of ensuring you meet your weight and fat loss targets. Because it’s that calorie deficit that ultimately brings results.

Quinoa can help with the process of weight and fat loss in a number of ways.

For what is predominantly a carbohydrate source, it carries a reasonably high amount of protein and healthy fats. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, these additional grams of protein make hitting those macros that bit easier. 185g of quinoa has just over 8g of protein. And to put that into context, it’s roughly twice as much as the same amount of white rice.

On top of that quinoa is a slow-digesting carb. This means that you’ll get a fuller feeling for a longer period of time compared to other foods. And this is important as it reduced the likelihood of over-eating.

What else

And this little grain isn’t done yet. It has an abundance of dietary fibre (twice as much as other grains). Not only that, but it’s gluten-free, which is great for those with intolerances as well as the trendy hipsters. Finally, in terms of this list, quinoa has anti-inflammatory benefits, helping prevent disease.

Quinoa Recipes: Quinoa Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

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Recipe makes 4 servings

Nutritional values per serving

MACROS: Protein = 10g, Carbs = 40g, Fat = 16g


Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins



  • 1 cup (170g) quinoa
  • 3/4 cup (120g) green beans, chopped
  • ½ red onion
  • handful parsley
  • handful coriander
  • 1/2 pomegranate, seeded
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup (30g) flaked almonds


  • 1 tbsp. tahini
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • juice of ½ lemon



Cook the quinoa according to instructions on packaging and add in the green beans in the last 2 mins of cooking. Then drain and leave to cool down.

Finely chop the onion and place it in a salad bowl. Chop the fresh parsley and coriander and add to the bowl. Once the quinoa has cooled add it to the salad bowl along with the pomegranate seeds, cumin, olive oil, lemon juice and almonds. Season everything with salt and pepper and mix well.

To make the dressing, mix all the dressing ingredients together and stir into the salad.

Garnish with more pomegranate seeds and flaked almonds to serve.  


Quinoa Recipes: Turkey and Quinoa with Sweet Tomato Sauce

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Recipe makes 4 serving

Nutritional values per serving

MACROS: Protein = 36g, Carbs = 58g, Fat = 16g


Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins



  • 6 tomatoes
  • 1 sweet apple
  • 1 onion
  • 2 eggs, boiled
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 chicken bullion cube
  • 14 oz. (400g) turkey breast
  • 1 tsp. curry paste or powder
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 4 cups (740g) quinoa, cooked
  • 1 avocado



Firstly, bring a large pan of water to boil. Cut the tomatoes crosswise and prick them on a fork one by one, then dip in the boiling water for 20 sec. Remove the skin, chop and place in a pot.

Peel, core and chop the apple, chop the onion and slice the garlic. Then add the apple, onion, garlic, bouillon cube and curry powder in with the tomatoes and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, cook the quinoa according to instructions on the packaging.

Heat the oil in a pan and cook the turkey until browned. In the meantime cook the quinoa.

Remove the avocado flesh and cut into cubes, peel the eggs and chop then in quarters. Puree the apple-tomato sauce with a hand blender until smooth.

Finally, divide the quinoa and turkey on the plates. And spoon over the sauce and serve avocado.


And that’s a wrap…

So there you have it. While quinoa may have a bit of a bad wrap and is considered by many to be dull, dull, dull. It’s clear that this awesome ingredient can be elevated into something delicious. And not only that, it’s quick and easy to prepare. So there’s no excuse for bland meal plans any more.

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