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Crazy for quinoa? 16 ways to eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner AND dessert

Quinoa might have competition from ancient grains like teff and sorghum, but the healthy quinoa recipes gathered here prove this gluten-free grain is still tops. Quinoa has a mild flavor, which means its versatile enough to go into dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert. And unlike some other ancient grains, quinoa cooks quickly — it takes about 15 minutes to make a batch.

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Tuna and Quinoa Salad, Niçoise-Style

Al Roker shows you how to get more healthy protein into your diet with this Niçoise-style salad with quinoa, veggies, tuna and hardboiled eggs.

Quinoa Salad with Figs and Mint
Quinoa Salad with Figs and Mint
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The quinoa in this pretty salad is cooked in vegetable stock instead of water, which is an easy way to give the dish a flavor boost.

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Quinoa Salad with Summer Squash, Scallions, and Almonds
Summer squash quinoa
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This quinoa salad recipe is healthy, easy, quick and tasty — what more could you ask for? Serve it on its own as a light meal or add grilled chicken or some chickpeas to make it heartier. It also packs well for at-the-office lunches.

Braised Chicken with Shiitake Mushrooms, Quinoa and Greens

Chef Seamus Mullen shares a recipe for a one-pot dish that's hearty and warming — and might just boost your longevity!

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Easy Beet and Quinoa Salad
Beet and Quinoa Salad
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This vibrant quinoa salad recipe is loaded with good-for-you ingredients, including beets, oranges and nuts.

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Grilled Swordfish Steaks with Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

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While it's great with swordfish, this quinoa salad would also be nice with just about any other kind of fish, as well as with chicken.

Snap Pea, Charred Corn and Quinoa Salad
Chef Ryan Scott makes a snap pea, charred corn and quinoa salad that's perfect for summer picnicking
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Chef Ryan Scott's quinoa salad packs up nicely for a picnic (or to take to work for lunch — just pretend like you're having a picnic in the conference room).

Egg, Spinach, Quinoa and Feta Power Breakfast
Egg, Spinach, Quinoa and Feta Power Breakfast
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Make a big batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week and you'll be ready to whip up this energy boosting, protein packed power breakfast at a moment's notice.

Al's Pork Chops with Quinoa and Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Here's another easy, protein-packed meal, courtesy of Al Roker. If you're not in the mood for pork, the quinoa with butter and chives would be a nice side dish for chicken or fish.

Quinoa Carrot Slaw
Carrot and quinoa slaw
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Serve chef Ben Ford's crunchy carrot and quinoa salad as a side for chicken or other meats, or on its own as a light meal.

Coconut Banana Quinoa Mug Breakfast
Coconut Quinoa Mug Cake
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All you need is some leftover quinoa, a mug and a microwave to make this gluten-free breakfast that's high in fiber and potassium.

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Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Brownies

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Quinoa flour stands in for wheat flour in this healthier version of brownies.

Quinoa, Cornbread and Cranberry Stuffing
Quinoa stuffing
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Don't save this gluten-free stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving — have it as part of a healthy dinner tonight! Just add a roast chicken or another main dish and some green veggies.

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Serve this satisfying quinoa side dish hot, cold or at room temperature. You can even make it several days ahead of serving, so it's perfect for parties or busy weeknights.

One-Pot Quinoa 'Risotto'

Chef Angelo Sosa shares a simple and healthy recipe for quinoa with shrimp, corn and tomatoes, all cooked in one pot.

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This make-ahead power bowl is packed with protein from quinoa and lentils and it's easy to pack up and take to with you for a healthy lunch.

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