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Gluten And Dairyfree Quinoa Recipes

Updated on September 3, 2015

Quinoa Olives Sun Dried Tomatoes Broccoli Sliced Almonds And Salsa


No Thinking Required Deliciousness

We belong to a triathlon club. We were having a potluck dinner. I needed to make something easy and versatile.

There are several dietary restrictions in the group. We have dairy free, gluten free, and vegans to consider. Vegans are good resources for avoiding dairy. For this pot luck there has to be lots of food. If you love eating then athletes are the group to eat with.. When you have a hearty appetite and everyone else is eating small bites you starve trying to be polite. Athletes eat seconds without apology.

The group will be coming from running, riding, or triathlon events. Nutrition is of utmost importance for competitive athletes.

Quinoa is a versatile nutrition packed grain .

Before I left for our event I threw 4 cups quinoa into my rice cooker. Just before dinner threw in a can of black beans, a can of black olives and jar of salsa in then warmed the whole concoction in the serving bowl. The heating time was about 5 minutes in the microwave. .

I guarantee what you read here today will be versatile tasty and easy, no deep thinking required.


Quinoa is an ancient grain grown originally in the high mountains of the Andes. When this grain became the big new food I was elated. Finally a cash crop for the Indians in the Andes, but how are they going to grow enough to meet a growing demand. Quinoa is a slow growing plant that thrives on cool weather and poor soil. There are other places in the world that grow quinoa now, but the availability and cost still fluctuate.


Quinoa is called a super food because it is a highly nutritious grain. Most grains require a complement to be a complete protein. The pairing of grains with beans, rice or, nuts is vital to make a complete protein.

Quinoa stands alone, it is a complete protein in itself.

Cook quinoa like rice. Rice cookers are a convenient way to prepare quinoa. To cook follow the directions on the package. I frequently add more liquid because I like the grain a little softer. Make sure your pot has room for the grain to expand as it absorbs the liquid.

Chicken broth can be substituted for the liquid. Everyone who regularly cooks rice likes a different consistency. Treat quinoa the same way you would rice. Quinoa is done when the grain has a thin outline on the edges.

Quinoa Spinach Chicken Salad


Quinoa Spinach Chicken Salad

The first picture in this hub is of quinoa spinach chicken salad.

Mound a pile of spinach on a plate. Mix a can of chicken or left over chicken with mayonnaise to taste.

Add curry powder to taste.

Mix a cup of quinoa into the mixture along with any other vegetables you have in the refrigerator.

Place on spinach and drizzle with your favorite salad dressing. For a lower calorie salad eliminate the salad dressing and add salt and pepper and more spices like turmeric, garlic powder or celery salt to the mayonnaise mixture

Enjoy quinoa as a substitute for cooked cereal and anything your imagination can come up with. As long as you and yours like the concoction it is a winner.

Quinoa, Refried Beans, Greens, and Salsa

The quinoa here was leftover,  sauteed  the greens and heated the beans for a fast lunch.
The quinoa here was leftover, sauteed the greens and heated the beans for a fast lunch. | Source

Quinoa Greens and Beans

When everyone is enjoying crusty butter laden bread or some other type of gluten laden edible the draw to participate is strong. Frequently when everyone is satisfied I am still hungry. Here is a tasty lunch to satisfy calorie cravings.

Frequently while everyone is eating a burrito I will eat this instead. The same ingredients go into it as a burrito except the burrito is eliminated and quinoa is added.

All you need:

  • 1 cup of prepared quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons refried beans
  • 1/4 cup of chard or some variety of greens
  • Salsa to taste

Quinoa Mock Rice Pudding

2 Cups cooked quinoa

1 1/2 cups original rice milk.

1/4 teaspoon salt

4-6 tablespoons sugar or 1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon earth balance buttery spread

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 eggs whipped

Add 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind

1 teaspoon lemon juice

(1/3 cup raisins or dates or chopped dried fruit)

Grease a baking dish. Cover the bottom and sides with gluten free cookie crumbs pour mixture slowly into pan.

Bake about 50 minutes or until set.

Grease pan with crumbs.  This works the same way you would flour a cake pan
Grease pan with crumbs. This works the same way you would flour a cake pan | Source

The Crumbs

This recipe was adapted from my mom's rice pudding recipe. When I saw the direction to put crumbs on the bottom of the dish it didn't appeal to me. I didn't have any gluten free cookies. I almost left this ingredient out. At the last minute it occurred to me to throw organic chocolate chips and gluten free pretzels into my bullet blender for crumbs.

The crumbs at the bottom were really a tasty surprise.

What do you know about quinoa?

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Weekly Ideas

Yesterday on a hike we started talking about healthy eating. It was almost lunch time. One gal was telling us how she prepares for the week. She is a computer specialist, who loves to cook, During the week she doesn't have time for anything fancy. So every week she cooks 4 cups of black beans,(Two bags dried beans) Also a large rice cooker full of quinoa. She divides the quinoa and black beans into two cup containers and freezes them. It takes little time to defrost a serving to use on salads, tacos or soup.

When you have ingredients in the freezer to make healthy meals you save time and eat well.

Quinoa Rice and Black Beans

Taking the tip from my friend I like to have black beans and quinoa on hand. Sometimes I use canned beans and other times dried, freshly prepared beans, it doesn't make a difference. Mix a cup of each with a little pico de gallo and some green an you have a yummy filling quick lunch.

Hopefully one of these recipes suits your fancy and relieves some of your frustration over being gluten and dairy free. Bon Appetit!


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      TSAD 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Awesome information - I am allergic to wheat and only eat gluten free food. Thanks for the recipes! I have not tried Quinoa.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Great hub! I've had a packet of quinoa in my cupboard for a while and wasn't quite sure what to do with it! Now I have your suggestions to make me more confident at having a go, so thanks for this well-timed hub!

      Clear instructions and appetising photos. Ann

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      annart, Great to see you. I was just looking at the hub again making myself hungry. I really like it with salsa. Go forth and conquor.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sounds great. I have just recently started eating quinoa and I buy the pre-washed so just toss it in the lentils and barley I cook that is added to salads or beans and other foods to help fight diabetes! It is great to start using new foods, I will try yours next! Thanks!

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      tsdjatko, Sorry to hear you are allergic. Don't you just want a nice piece of glutenous bread sometimes?

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Jackie, I didn't know it was an anti diabetes food, but that makes sense. Thanks for the tip. Diabetes has raced through my husband's family.

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      TSAD 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Actually I've come to really like gluten free stuff. especially kniowing I won't get the runs.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love quinoa-based meals. Thanks for all the suggestions, tirelesstraveler. The ideas are useful and the meals sound tasty.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      tsadjatko, I am not liking rice tortillas and bread. Not to say there aren't still some really good substitutions. There is a bakery in the next town that makes the most splendid gluten free cup cakes.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I eat gluten free, so these recipes area a gold mine; this one looks delicious. Thank you.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Genna East,

      Delighted to hear you found this helpful.

      I heard tonight on the radio as much as 1/2 the population is sensitive to gluten. This is crazy.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A healthy treat with such a great idea.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      DDE thanks for visiting. Quinoa is really fun to create recipes with.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      After looking at your pictures, I'm ready to give it a try.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      If we could only taste pictures... Thanks for visiting Writerjanis

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for these interesting recipes with quinoa.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I have been glten free for a couple of years and find that quinoa is a wonderful substitute for other grains!

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      Research Analyst 2 years ago

      This is great, I can really use this recipe.

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      Audrey, Not a big pasta fan, but sometimes I really want some. I love the quinoa pasta. There is another kind call Shaar that is tasty but expensive.

      Research Analyst, So glad this is helpful.

      Rajan, So sorry too have left your comment unanswered for so long. It was a rugged spring.

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      Nithya Venkat 18 months ago from Dubai

      These are easy to make healthy recipes, thank you for sharing.

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      Judy Specht 18 months ago from California

      They are tasty too. Thank you for visiting.

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