Using Quinoa Instead of Rice: Creative, Delicious Recipes

Vegan Quinoa Risotto with Kale & Peas


Anything rice can do, quinoa can do better – by adding plant-based protein and superfood nutrition to any meal. So the next time you find yourself reaching for that bag of white rice, consider swapping it for one of our favorite gluten-free ancient grains. By using quinoa instead of rice, you can easily create one of these delicious, nutritious and gluten-free dishes:

Vegan Quinoa Risotto with Kale & Peas, Edible Perspective for Ancient Harvest

Think you can’t have a luxurious risotto without the heavy cream? Think again. This plant-powered version is made with nutritious quinoa, homemade (and dairy-free) cashew cream and some of our favorite green veggies – and the result is as good as any risotto you’d find in an Italian restaurant.

Shrimp Fried Quinoa, Eating Bird Food

An easy go-to meal, fried rice is a staple in many households – and if you like it, then you’re sure to love this plant-powered version! Fresh garlic and ginger infuse the dish with exotic flavor, while veggies (whatever you have on hand; you can even use frozen) add lots of color and nutrition. Try it once, and you may never order takeout again.

Shrimp n’ Spinach Quinoa Jambalaya, Emily Loves Food

Bursting with savory Creole seasonings and fresh vegetables, this modern twist of a classic dish is both fragrant and delicious. The use of quinoa instead of rice helps to create a satisfying texture, while the proteins and veggies may be adjusted to suit what you have on hand.

Coconut Quinoa Pudding, Sites ‘n Bites

Like a more nutritious version of the rice pudding you enjoyed as a kid, each sweet and creamy spoonful of this dessert is full of incredible flavor and texture. It’s made with protein-packed quinoa, coconut milk and real vanilla – and then topped with a tempting combination of desiccated coconut and ground cinnamon.

Quinoa Vegetable Paella, FatFree Vegan Kitchen

Typically made in large batches and easy to share, paella is the ultimate party dish – but this plant-based version is so tasty, you might just want to keep it to yourself! It’s packed with delicious ingredients like artichoke hearts, zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers and fragrant spices – as well as protein-rich kidney beans and quinoa, sure to satisfy.

Quinoa Crispy Treats with Sesame Seeds and Flax, One Happy Table

How to make a childhood favorite more nutritious? Swap out the white rice for quinoa and add sesame seeds and flax for a modern version of the classic rice crispy treat. Adults and kids alike are sure to enjoy the crunchy texture and sweet (but not too sweet) flavor.

For even more delicious, gluten-free quinoa recipes, be sure to visit the recipes page at AncientHarvest.com.