Top 5 Whole Foods: Why We Love Cooking Quinoa – Its Health Benefits, Recipes, and More

After a bit of a hiatus, we’re continuing our five favorite whole foods video series. This next whole food is definitely one of our favorites – and for good reason. It’s delicious, has a mild flavor, cooks up in 20 minutes, goes well in any meal of the day (even dessert!) and is fairly inexpensive when bought in bulk. Pull back the curtains, give a standing ovation, or raise a glass to our dear friend – Quinoa!

In this latest video, I share with you a little history on quinoa, and why it’s a must have in any kitchen these days. I’ll also share with you why it’s one of the easiest whole foods to incorporate into your families diet and give you a bunch of different ideas on how you can use it in any meal of the day.

I mentioned a few different links in the video, so here you go! Make sure and leave me a comment about your favorite way to use quinoa.

Chocolate Quinoa Cake:

Chocolate Quinoa Cake Recipe at Sensible Living

And a Gluten Free version 

Quinoa Recipes on Beyond The Peel:

Breakfast Quinoa

Mango Quinoa with a Lemon Vinagraitte

Perfect Quinoa Cakes with Roasted Red Peppers, Feta, and Spinach


I’m sharing this with My Meatless Mondays, Mouth Watering MondaysMingle Mondays, Meatless Mondays, Tuesdays at The Table, A Little Birdie Told Me, Fat Tuesdays, and Monday Maniac.


11 Responses to Top 5 Whole Foods: Why We Love Cooking Quinoa – Its Health Benefits, Recipes, and More

  1. Koko September 20, 2011 at 12:27 am #

    I adore quinoa. It’s so quick to make and I love knowing that I am eating such a healthful and protein-packed food. Great recipes to try!

  2. maiylah September 20, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    clicked on the breakfast quinoa and i liked your recipe! will look for this quinoa ingredient; i just hope it’s not expensive in my part of the world! :)

  3. Kelly September 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    wow, wow, wow… Loving Beyond the Peel TV!! – what a great job France – you have a very nice, calm, way about you. Lovely energy and delivery.

  4. France Morissette September 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Hi Maiylah, you should be able to get it on Amazon pretty inexpensive. I’m excited for you to give it a try!

  5. Joanne September 21, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    I am such a quinoa lover! I need to try out some of these recipes you’ve shared.

  6. France Morissette September 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    Kelly, thank you for your kind words! We should have more Beyond The Peel TV for you, so stay tuned :)

  7. Jill September 23, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. Hope to see you next week! Be sure to visit on Sunday for
    Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

  8. Jeanette September 26, 2011 at 2:35 am #

    Enjoyed watching your quinoa video (like the music intro!). I love making salads with quinoa to add some protein and texture, as well as to soups instead of pasta.

  9. estrella du October 4, 2011 at 3:15 am #

    Hi, France!

    I have been wndering what a Quinoa is. You recipe is so interesting! I will try to find out whether or not I can find the ingredients in Cebu City, Philippines where I live. I think I need it to reach my ideal weight which is 115bs while I am ony 89 now.

    By the way, I appreciate your quick action by adjusting the size of your font, I can now cleary see your message.


  10. Peter Knight March 20, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    Regarding your Masoor Dal with Cumin Oil.

    Where the heck do you find Cumin Oil. First time in my life I have heard of it. Surely can’t find it in India. Second, coconut oil may taste great but it is really bad for health. It acts as a catalyst to increase your cholesterol.

    I love the fact that you like Indian food, but please research before you publish haphazard things.

  11. France Morissette March 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    Hi Peter, The instructions to make Cumin Seed Oil are in the recipe, so no need to worry about buying expensive oils from a store. As for coconut oil, though in the past it has had a bad reputation for increasing cholesterol, they are now realizing their HUGE mistake. In actuality, coconut is excellent for you health.

    I think what you’ll find interesting is that even though coconut oil is saturated in nature, it does not lead to increased in HDL and LDL levels as previously thought.

    Because of the long list of health benefits, we use it in baking as well.

    Here are a few articles for you to consider.

    However, you may find it helpful to look up the health benefits of coconut oil on your own, as there are too many to list here.

    I hope you find this information helpful.

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