Warm, comforting dishes that pack some heat are welcome when temperatures dip, and as we enter the second half of October, we’ve got our eyes on these spicy quinoa recipes.
Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Kale, Ancient Harvest
A bowl of steaming-hot chili is the requisite autumn meal, and this one – full of superfoods like quinoa, sweet potatoes and kale – provides an extra dose of nourishing nutrition. To make it even hotter, increase the chili powder a bit or simply add a dash of your favorite hot sauce.
Jalapeño Bacon Quinoa Mac n’ Cheese, Fit Foodie Finds for Ancient Harvest
A fun and flavorful take on classic mac n’ cheese, this cheesy quinoa dish will help you beat any autumnal chill. We love the combination of protein-packed quinoa and spicy jalapeño peppers. The bacon also provides a ton a flavor but you could opt to leave it out (or sub your favorite meat-free alternative) for a vegetarian version.
Photo courtesy of Veggie Belly
Spicy Quinoa, Black Bean and Asparagus Bowl, Veggie Belly
Full of bright flavors and beautiful colors, this complete-meal-in-a-bowl proves how delicious vegetarian cuisine can be. The quinoa and black beans will keep you full and satisfied, while the chipotle peppers kick things up a notch.
Photo courtesy of Tales of a Kitchen
Sweet and Spicy Quinoa Stuffed Pumpkin, Tales of a Kitchen
Think you’ve already tried every pumpkin dish out there? Think again. This seasonal recipe fills your favorite guard with a hearty, flavorful combination of cooked quinoa, currants, shallots, fresh thyme, and a generous sprinkling of chili flakes for spice before baking to golden, cozy perfect.
Photo courtesy of Julie’s Eats & Treats
Zesty Sriracha Shrimp & Quinoa, Julie’s Eats & Treats
A source of lean protein that can be prepared in minutes, shrimp is a good option for a busy weeknight – and this dish, topped with a tasty balsamic-sriracha sauce – offers a harmonious blend of sweet and spicy flavor.
Mexican Chocolate Quinoa Pudding, Fit and Frugal for Ancient Harvest
Don’t let your savory dishes have all the fun! Dessert can be spicy, too – as evident by this rich, creamy, chocolate-y and spicy pudding. Not only is it made with naturally gluten-free quinoa, but it can be made dairy-free as well.