Colorful Quinoa Salad


1 c. quinoa

2 c. water

Combine quinoa and water in large pot, bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce heat to low, simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Let cool.

In large bowl combine the quinoa with the following:

2 c. diced cucumber

2 c. diced pepper

1/3 c. toasted sunflower seeds

2/3 c. toasted sliced almonds

1/2 c. raisins

1 small can mandarin oranges, drained (reserve juice)



Combine in a jar or other container with a lid, shake well, pour over salad.

1/3 c. reserved mandarin orange juice

1/4 c. olive oil

1 T. each dill, Italian spice blend

1 tsp. mustard

1 tsp. lemon juice

salt and pepper


Serves about 8 – 10 as a side salad


Pasta Salad {Gluten Free, Low Fodmap}


Eating low fodmap for IBS is not easy. I slip on and off the low fodmap wagon frequently. After a particularly bad tummy day I made this pasta salad.

1 package Catelli Gluten Free fusilli style pasta. cooked according to package directions

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1/4 zucchini, chopped
2 carrots, diced
2/3 c. frozen green peas
1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
3 green onions, green part only, chopped
1/2 small cucumber, chopped
Dash of rice vinegar
Various dried salad herbs, about 1 T. each (thyme, oregano, dillweed, tarragon, cilantro)
1 T. celery salt
1 T. chili powder
1 T. pepper
1 tsp. salt or to taste
3/4 c. mayonnaise
a bit of olive oil (1 – 2 T. )

Combine in a large bowl and chill before serving. About 8 servings. If you can handle dairy you could add some cubed cheese. Cooked chicken or hard boiled eggs would work also for protein to make this a complete meal.  *Catelli Gluten Free Pasta has corn, white and brown rice and quinoa grains.

Oatmeal Banana-Raisin Cookies



Adapted from a recipe in the cookbook Quinoa 365.

Cream together in a large bowl:

1 1/4 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. margarine

1/2 c. oil

Add to above and mix well:

1/4 c. milk

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

2 large eggs

1 c. mashed bananas

Combine in a bowl:

1 1/4 c. quinoa flakes

1 1/4 c. flour

1 1/2 c. quick cooking oats

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 c. ground flax

1/3 c. sunflower seeds (unsalted)

1 c. raisins

1 tsp. cinnamon


Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.  Drop by rounded tablespoons (I used a soup spoon) onto greased cookie sheets.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until bottoms of the cookies are browned.  Let cookies cool completely on cookie sheets before removing.  Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies. Notes:  These cookies spread while baking so ensure distance between each cookie when dropping the cookie batter onto the sheet. This makes a soft cookie.


Make it Once, Eat it Twice: Salmon and Quinoa Salad

Planned overs from dinner for lunch yesterday.

Combine in large bowl:

1 cooked salmon fillet, chopped

1 c. cooked quinoa

1/2 c. roughly torn fresh spinach

1/2 c. frozen mango chunks, thawed

Splash or two of olive oil

Add salad dressing of your choice. Serves one



Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables, Feta and Pastrami


1 c. quinoa, rinsed

2 c. water

Combine quinoa and water in a medium sized pot and bring to a boil.  Lower heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables.

1/2 c. each broccoli, cauliflower and pepper, chopped into large pieces

1 medium sized carrot, peeled and chopped into chunks

2 garlic cloves


Place vegetables and garlic on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Roast at 450 for 15 minutes.

Combine quinoa, vegetables 3/4 c.crumbled  feta and 1/2 c. chopped pastrami in a medium sized bowl.


In a jar or other covered container combine the roasted garlic cloves that have been smashed up with 1/3 c. olive oil, 1/8 c. rice vinegar, 1/8 c. maple syrup and 1 T. of mustard and 2 T. of a spice blend for the dressing.   Chill.

Quinoa Salad with Pomegranates, Spinach and Sunflower Seeds


1 c. quinoa, rinsed

2  c. water

1/2 pepper, chopped

1/2 small onion, diced

A small handful fresh spinach, roughly torn

1/3  c. pomegranate arils

1/3 c. sunflower seeds, toasted

Combine quinoa and water in a medium sized pot.  Cover, bring to a boil. Remove lid and lower heat to medium low. Cook quinoa 12 minutes. Remove  pot from heat and cover.  Let stand 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, combine balance of ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  Add quinoa and combine well.  Mix in your favorite salad dressing.  Serves 4.

Quinoa Salad with Chicken, Apples and Walnuts

This was lunch today as I had leftover quinoa and chicken.
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
1 cooked, chopped chicken breast
1 apple, chopped
¾ c. cup chopped walnuts
3 T. soy sauce (I used Bragg’s seasoning which is gluten free)
3 T. lemon juice
2 T. mayonnaise
3 T. maple syrup
2 T. grainy mustard
Dash of oregano and basil
Salt and pepper

Put quinoa and water in a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook about 15 minutes until grains start to form spirals and most of the liquid is absorbed. Put cooked quinoa in a medium sized bowl, add in the rest of ingredients, stir to combine. Chill for a bit in the fridge. This serves about one.

Chicken Vegetable Soup with Quinoa

4 cups chicken broth

1 small chicken breast, cooked and chopped

1 small zucchini, diced

2 medium carrots, diced

1 onion, diced

1/2 red pepper, diced

1/2 c. quinoa, rinsed

1 tsp. each salt and pepper

1 T. each dried basil, oregano and cilantro

1 tsp. garlic powder

2 T. oil or margarine

Combine all ingredients except chicken in a large pot.  Bring to a boil, then simmer for approximately 30 minutes until quinoa is done and the vegetables are tender.  Stir in chicken.  Makes 2 – 3 servings.

Japanese Quinoa Salad

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1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 pkg (340)g firm tofu, drained and diced [or 1 cup cooked chicken breasts, diced, or 1 can salmon or tuna, drained], optional
2 cups coleslaw mix
1 large red pepper, chopped
1 small package sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup frozen green peas
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 can (8 oz /227ml ) sliced water chestnuts, drained
2 tbsp toasted sunflower seeds
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds, optional
1 tbsp dried parsley
½ c. Asian Sesame Salad Dressing or Renee’s Gourmet Japanese Ginger Dressing

Rinse quinoa in colander thoroughly with cold, running water. In medium saucepan, combine quinoa and water; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed. Cool slightly. In large bowl, combine quinoa with remaining salad ingredients and dressing. Makes 6 large servings.

Meatless Monday: A to Z Quinoa Salad


2 c. water

1 c. quinoa, rinsed well and drained

1 c. diced zucchini

1 apple, peeled and diced

½ pepper, seeded and chopped

½ c. each sliced almonds, crumbled feta, and raisins


1/3 c. olive oil

2 T. maple syrup

1 T. lemon juice (to assist in keeping the apples from turning brown)

1 T. Dijon mustard

½ tsp. oregano

Salt and pepper

Bring water to a boil. Add quinoa.  Cover and reduce heat to low.  Cook 10 – 15 minutes.  Place in a bowl and add zucchini, pepper, apple, almonds, feta and raisins.  Combine dressing ingredients in a container and shake well. Pour over salad, mix well.  Refrigerate to chill.  Serves 6