Quinoa is a great side dish, packed with protein and easy to prepare. It’s frequently on our meal plans here at The Kitchen Chalkboard.
But like bolognese, corned beef, and hamburger buns, quinoa is almost better as leftovers. But how do you use it? We’ve rounded up the best leftover quinoa recipes to satisfy every eater.
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Is Quinoa Good As Leftovers?
Yes! Quinoa is excellent the day after you cook it. Since it has a firm texture, it holds its shape well and doesn’t get soggy.
I find it nearly better the next day — especially if it’s been dressed. The extra time helps the flavors absorb.
If you want to add a dressing the day after it’s been cooked, heat it first. Warm quinoa has a softer texture that takes flavor on better. You can make a large batch early in the week and customize it with different veggies and dressings for easy meal prep.
How Long Does Cooked Quinoa Last In The Fridge
Cooked quinoa is good for up to six days. This is just a guideline, so let your senses be your guide. If the food doesn’t look or smell good, it’s better to toss it.
Can I Eat Leftover Quinoa Cold?
Yes! Quinoa is excellent hot or cold. Lots of salads are better the next day since the flavors can develop more and soak into the quinoa.
How Do You Eat Leftover Quinoa – 15+ Of The BEST Leftover Quinoa Recipes
Similar to a veggie burger, these patties are packed with protein. Sally’s Baking Addiction’s version is filling — even meat eaters will love them.
Leftover Quinoa Recipes – Vegan
Enjoy a taste of the holidays all year with these gingerbread quinoa muffins. Did I mention they are vegan?
The sauce is the star of Minimalist Baker’s Quinoa Fried Rice — sweet and spicy. Don’t let the ingredient list limit you. Feel free to use whatever veggies you have on hand. This dish is gluten-free and vegan.
Leftover Quinoa Muffin Recipes
These muffins are protein-packed mini versions of a favorite carrot cake made with carrots, walnuts, and spices. They are perfect for breakfast or dessert.
A savory take on muffins, these are perfect for freezing. Then heat them for a portable breakfast on the go.
You may have all the ingredients for these blueberry muffins lurking in your pantry. They are best on the day they are made but freeze well.
Leftover Quinoa Fried Rice
The mixture of brown rice and quinoa creates an exciting variety of textures in this Indian leftover quinoa recipe. Use frozen brown rice from Trader Joe’s to cut cooking time (it’s ready in three minutes).
Ham, peas, and eggs make this dish filling. Quinoa adds great nutrients and protein.
Leftover Quinoa Salad Recipes
I have never made a bad dish from Cookie and Kate and this dish is no exception. It’s refreshing, crisp, and perfect for that leftover quinoa in your fridge.
Black beans add some texture, cilantro and lime add freshness, and mango adds sweetness. This dish has it all.
We often don’t equate healthy with comfort food but this recipe is an exception. The mushrooms and garlic really shine and create a warm hug in a bowl.
Leftover Quinoa Dessert Recipes
Who says quinoa is just for dinner? This protein powerhouse is great for dessert, too!
Why does rice get all of the love? Quinoa can do just as much, if not more. This pudding recipe proves it.
Everyone from toddlers to adults will love these chocolate-coated dessert bites. They are straightforward to prepare, too. With all of the health benefits of this grain, you can easily justify eating them first thing in the morning.
You had me at no bake. These are the best on a hot day when you can’t bear the thought of firing up the oven.
Freestyle Quinoa Recipes —What To Mix With Cooked Quinoa
Here are some things you can mix with cooked quinoa:
- Sundried Tomatoes
What Do You Think?
Do you like cooked quinoa? What are your favorite leftover quinoa recipes? Let us know in the comments below; I’d love to hear.
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