30 Quinoa Recipes for Weight Loss

By Dana Leigh Smith, Cassandra Talmadge, and Linnea Zielinski

The Eat This, Not That! crew has curated a bunch of the very best quinoa recipes that anyone can do—and everyone will love.

Quinoa may be a “health food,” but that doesn’t mean all recipes that use the ancient grain will help you lose weight. Yes, the grain is packed with protein and loaded with essential amino acids and fiber, but once you add less virtuous, calorie and fat-laden ingredients to the mix, that quinoa recipe you found online may not be the best dish for trim-down success.

To help all you health-minded quinoa lovers out there, we’ve scoured the net and found the most delicious, slimming quinoa recipes on the web. Whether you're looking for a new go-to healthy lunch or a virtuous take on your favorite "bad" food, you're sure to find something you'll love in this collection. Check out these recipes and also add these 30 Best-Ever Fat-Burning Foods to your grocery list!

Healthy Quinoa
Chicken Curry Bowls

quinoa chicken curry

Serves: 6
Nutrition: 315 calories, 8.9 g fat (1.7 g sat fat), 289.3 mg sodium, 7.9 g fiber, 8.4 g sugar, 23.7 g protein

Just what you need to get through the last of the winter weather: rich chicken thighs, warming Eastern spices and a hefty dose of protein. This comforting dish can be made in your slow cooker. Don't have one? Don't fret: It comes together easily in one pot and the stove does almost all of the work.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

Quinoa Veggie Burgers
with Pickled Red Onions

quinoa veggie burger

Serves: 6
Nutrition: 470.8 calories, 20.8 g fat (6.5 g sat fat), 1006 mg sodium, 4.2 g fiber, 6.5 g sugar, 17.9 g protein

Tangy goat cheese and pickled red onions team up to take this unqiue veggie burger to the next level. Looking to go lighter on sodium? Give yourself a thinner layer of goat cheese, which can still add maximum flavor in minimal amounts.

Get the recipe from Love and Olive Oil.

Lentil Tacos

quinoa lentil tacos

Serves: 6
Nutrition: 301.2 calories, 8.6 g fat (2.6 g sat fat), 624 mg sodium, 9 g fiber, 3.2 g sugar, 11.2 g protein

Though we calculated for avocado and lettuce toppings and one whole-wheat tortilla per person, there are simple ways to make them more indulgent without sending the calorie count sky high. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt instead of sour cream or cheese and don't worry about that second torilla: This recipe has so much satiating protein and fiber that you won't even want it.

Get the recipe from Begin Within Nutrition.

Mason Jar Quinoa Salad with
Green Thai-Style Dressing

quinoa salad

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 505 calories, 22 g fat (10.4 g sat fat), 358.2 mg sodium, 10.6 g fiber, 14.37 g sugar, 12.6 g protein

Who says it has to be hard to pack yourself a gourmet lunch for the office? Meet the mason jar salad, a genius way to get complex flavor on the go. This one's sure to keep you full until dinnertime. Pack as much spinach as you can at the top and use a scant teaspoon of coconut oil to prepare the sweet potato.

Get the recipe from Top with Cinnamon.

Chicken Nuggets

quinoa chicken nuggets

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 494.5 calories, 10.9 g fat (2.6 g sat fat), 733.3 mg sodium, 3.2 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 72.1 g protein

Chicken nuggets get a double-dose of protein with a quinoa-based crust. You'll love the satiating effect, kids will just love that they're getting chicken nuggets. There will be no fighting at the dinner table tonight!

Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumb.

Taco Bowl

quinoa taco salad

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 528.3 calories, 11.3 g fat (1.6 g sat fat), 197 mg sodium, 18.7 g fiber, 6.7 g sugar, 21.1 g protein

Ditch the unnecessary carbs. A couple crispy tortillas on top of this flavor-packed bowl is all you'll need to get your fix. Everything else in this taco-inspired dish is fresh, healthy and—most importantly—filling.

Get the recipe from One Ingredient Chef.

Avocado & Quinoa
Stuffed Acorn Squash

Serves: 8
Nutrition: 574 calories, 20.4 g fat (4.3 g sat fat), 125 mg sodium, 17.2 g fiber, 2.7 g sugar, 21.1 g protein

Plenty of protein and fiber in a presentation worthy of your fanciest dinner party. Enjoy an entire half of a squash and say goodbye to late night snacking.

Get the recipe from Love & Lemons.

Garlic Butter
Shrimp Quinoa

garlic butter shrimp quinoa

Serves: 8
Nutrition: 298 calories, 13.5 g fat (6.2 g sat fat), 621 mg sodium, 3.0 g fiber, 0.7 g sugar, 15.9 g protein

Need something indulgent that won't break the calorie bank? Look no further. Plenty of lean protein and fiber with the indulgent touch of garlic butter. Your friends will never know it's so low-cal.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

Roasted Red Pepper, Quinoa
and White Bean Burgers

white bean quinoa burgers

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 736 calories, 18.2 g fat (3.2 g sat fat), 642 mg sodium, 30.6 g fiber, 6.9 g sugar, 37.3 g protein

We calculated for an open-faced burger with classic toppings: bacon, lettuce and tomato. Just because it's a veggie burger doesn't mean you can't enjoy a healthy dose of bacon, too.

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.

Vegan Cream of Mushroom
Soup with Quinoa

cream of mushroom soup with quinoa

Serves: 5
Nutrition: 409 calories, 12.5 g fat (2.1 g sat fat), 626 mg sodium, 6.6 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 15.7 g protein

Creamy, comforting soup—without the cream. You'd never know if we didn't tell you. This indulgent but healthy soup is just as delicious and won't have any negative effect on your waistline. Just make sure to look for low-sodium stock.

Get the recipe from One Ingredient Chef.


Nutrition: 238 calories, 14.2 g fat (10.3 g saturated), 28 mg sodium, 24.5 g carbs, 1.6 g fiber, 18.2 g sugar, 3.5 g protein

Fat-blasting coconut oil, cortisol-moderating dark chocolate, and satiating cashew butter come together so flawlessly, you'll think you're committing a flat belly sin. Move over Reese's, you've been replaced.

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.


Nutrition: 260 calories, 2.8 g fat (0 g saturated), 78 mg sodium, 49.8 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 15.7 g sugar, 9.8 g protein

Fire up your brain cells, protect your bones and soothe your gut in just five minutes when you whip up this yogurt parfait. What's more? According to a study published in Cancer Prevention Research, pomegranates contain ellagic acid, which might fend against cancer by suppressing estrogen production and preventing the growth of breast cancer cells.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.


Nutrition: 296 calories, 7.6 g fat (3.2 g saturated), 225 mg sodium, 25.7 g carbs, 3.6 g fiber, 3.6 g sugar, 30.6 g protein (calculated with all natural no salt added sauce)

Chicken Parm can be a waistline disaster. Breaded, fried, smothered in tomato sauce and oozing with cheese. Luckily for you, this dish is low in calories, fat, sodium and sugar, and boasting with satiating protein!

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Crush.


Nutrition: 269 calories, 13.2 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 61 mg sodium, 26.7 g carbs, 5.3 g fiber, 3.7 g sugar, 11 g protein (calculated without salt)

Whether you're a gym rat, spin addict, or on a sports team, this dish can boost your performance thanks to the purple root vegetable. In fact, according to a study conducted at Kansas State University, athletes who drank beet juice experienced a 38 percent increase in blood flow to muscles, particularly "fast twitch" muscles that affect bursts of speed and strength.

Get the recipe from Sassy Kitchen.


Nutrition: 364 calories, 6.4 g fat (1.9 g saturated), 431 mg sodium, 59.9 g carbs, 12 g fiber, 5.2 g sugar, 23.4 g protein

Thanks to the fibrous beans in this chicken chili, you'll be on your way to a slimmer stomach in just a few bites. And it's not just your typical fiber, but a form called "resistant starch," that as its name implies, resists digestion, keeping you fuller longer.

Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.


Nutrition: 200 calories, 8.3 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 343 mg sodium, 22.4 g carbs, 2.4 g fiber, 1.1 g sugar, 9.6 g protein

At just 200 calories a piece, these wholesome quinoa cakes are the perfect salad topper, appetizer or side dish to any protein. Looking to add more superfoods like quinoa to your meal plan? Check out these 50 Best Chia Seed Recipes on Instagram!

Get the recipe from Love and Olive Oil.


Nutrition: 234 calories, 7.2 g fat (1.1 g saturated), 228 mg sodium, 36.7 g carbs, 10 g fiber, <1 g sugar, 9 g protein (calculated with 1 tsp of salt)

The green squash adds more than color to this loaf. It's packed with hunger-squashing fiber, contains more potassium than a banana (which can stop belly bloat) and is super low in calories!

Get the recipe from To Her Core.


Nutrition: 270 calories, 13.6 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 243 mg sodium, 23.7 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 3.7 g sugar, 14.4 g protein

Pepperoni pizza may not fit into your body goals, but this bowl version might. With just five ingredients, 270 calories and 14.4 grams of satiating protein, this is one slice that won't expand your waistline.

Get the recipe from Gimmie Some Oven.


Nutrition: 361 calories, 5 g fat (1.6 g saturated), 53 mg sodium, 66.2 g carbs, 11 g fiber, 8.5 g sugar, 15.1 g protein

This dish knocks out nearly 40 percent of daily fiber recommendations, thanks to the orange spud superfood. Not to mention this dish is boasting with magnesium, vitamin A, phosphorus, potassium, and B6. With sweet potato recipes like this one, who really needs a multivitamin?

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.


Nutrition: 258 calories, 6.5 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 35 mg sodium, 45.7 g carbs, 5.4 g fiber, 10.2 g sugar, 7.2 g protein

Banish bloat, fuel your workout, boost your metabolism, fight cravings, and suppress your appetite with this seemingly-sinful meal.

Get the recipe from One Ingredient Chef.


Nutrition: 274 calories, 7.9 g fat (1.9 g saturated), 488 mg sodium, 31.9 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 5.6 g sugar, 17.6 g protein

These mini meatballs are made with lean ground turkey, panko bread crumbs, and quinoa. They make the perfect appetizer or protein to add to any pasta dish. Afraid carbs will ruin your diet? Check out these 25 Best Carbs for Weight Loss!

Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumb.


Nutrition: 315 calories, 9.6 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 234 mg sodium, 32.8 g carbs, 4.2 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 24.3 g protein (calculated without salt)

We admit it: We're kinda burger obsessed, but we love that we can ditch the empty calorie bun and sub in quinoa instead. It's kind of like hamburger helper, only this version won't wreak havoc on your waistline. Just make sure to pick a grass-fed beef, which has few calories and is naturally leaner than its counterparts.

Get the recipe from The Creative Bite.


Nutrition: 188 calories, 7.6 g fat (1.4 g saturated), 71 mg sodium, 24.4 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 9.5 g sugar, 7 g protein

Believe it or not, you can actually lower your risk of developing diabetes by eating these cookies! Along with being delicious, peanut butter has been accredited with everything from lowering death risk, healthier muscles and nerves, and weight loss. In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, lower the risk of developing diabetes by almost 30 percent. Here's why: Peanut butter contains genistein, a compound that turns down obesity genes and reduces your body's ability to store fat.

Get the recipe from The Baker Mama.


Nutrition: 292 calories, 10.6 g fat (4 g saturated), 166 mg sodium, 37.9 g carbs, 5.7 g fiber, 5.5 g sugar, 14 g protein (calculated with no salt added tomato sauce)

Looking for a guiltless, gluten-free pizza recipe? These zucchini boats have all the pizzazz of a pie, without the empty calories, sodium and fat. Plus, they've got 14 grams of filling, muscle-building protein that'll keep your flat-belly goals on track.

Get the recipe from That Oven Feelin.


Nutrition: 475 calories, 4.7 g fat (<1 g saturated), 243 mg sodium, 85.3 g carbs, 15.5 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 25 g protein

By the time March rolls around, we all need a vacation. Transport your taste buds to the Caribbean with this salmon quinoa bowl. Wild salmon is rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat that fights off metabolism-slowing inflammation and breast cancer prognosis. Not to mention it's but a great source of protein, a nutrient that increases post-meal calorie burn by as much as 35 percent! And to discover how to get a washboard stomach in just five weeks, don't miss this essential list of the 5 Best-Ever Foods for Abs—Guaranteed!

Get the recipe from Recipe Runner.


Nutrition: 228 calories, 8.7 g fat (4.4 g saturated), 477 mg sodium, 28.4 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 5.9 g sugar, 10 g protein

One bowl of chowder from Red Lobster contains 400 calories, 29 grams of fat and 1290 milligrams of sodium. No thanks! Whip up this instead and knockout 80 percent of daily vitamin C recommendations with just one serving!

Get the recipe from Foodie Crush.


Nutrition: 182 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated), 30 mg sodium, 18.8 g carbs, 2.6 g fiber, <1 g sugar, 5.6 g protein

Although they're often overlooked, "pine nuts are an excellent source of manganese, a powerful inhibitor of free radicals, [which cause damage to the body and can play a role in the development of cancer and aging]," says Angela Lemond, R.D.N., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They're perfect tossed with any greens, sauteed on their own or added to quinoa bowls like this one!

h any greens like this wholesome dish.

Get the recipe from Chelsea's Messy Apron.


Nutrition: 433 calories, 12 g fat (1.5 g saturated). 9 mg sodium, 69 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 12.6 g sugar, 13.2 g protein

The Honey Lemon Mint Vinaigrette on this salad does more than add flavor; it helps you burn calories. In fact, in 2003, researchers tested the influence of 14 different herbs and spices on the activities of digestive enzymes pancreases and small intestines of rats. They found that mint was one of the spices that enhanced these activities, more effectively turning food into energy. Although you're not a rat, your digestive system functions similarly.

Get the recipe from Savory Simple.


Nutrition: 162 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated), 1 mg sodium, 21 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 13 g sugar, 2 g protein

Do you usually bring some sort of treat to parties or family get-togethers?? With just two ingredients (which are both superfoods), it doesn't get much cleaner than this chocolate bark. Translation: You won't have to feel guilty about this one.

Get the recipe from Well Plated.


Nutrition: 338 calories, 23.4 g fat (6.7 g saturated), 522 mg sodium, 23.3 g carbs, 2.7 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 8.7 g protein (calculated with no salt added diced tomatoes)

Boost the nutrition and flavor of your feta with amino-acid-boasting quinoa and asparagus. The green contains anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and cancer-fighting antioxidants, and it's super low in calories.

Get the recipe from The Creative Bite.


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