{Guest Post} Cooking Quinoa: Fave Recipes

Today’s post is brought to you by the queen of cooking with quinoa, Wendy Polosi.

Somehow I came across Wendy (most likely via twitter) this past spring.  Wendy’s blog is uber-popular.  Just to give you an idea:  her tortilla quinoa salad (see below) has been pinned, to date, 426 times!  She has 7,000+ followers on twitter (if you’re not familiar with twitter, that’s alot).  She is also a successful cookbook author.  Point is, this lady has no business talking to a little nobody like me.

Despite this, she goes out of her way to interact with readers & twitter followers.  You know she cares.  You know she’s a good person.  And, you know her recipes are A-mazing.  (She’s also vegan AND gluten-free.)

So happy she found time to grace Bring Joy today.



{Editor’s noteWendy Polosi is way too kind.}

I ran across Janae’s blog a few months back and became a loyal reader instantly.

In addition to reading, I’m (almost) embarrassed to say that I soon developed a blogger crush.

Almost, because since you read Janae each day like I do, you understand.  Her joy of being a mother is evident, something you don’t run across often enough these days.  She’s overwhelming positive, but real.  She doesn’t pretend that her life is perfect, but also doesn’t dwell on the negative.    Despite having four children and having a life in transition, she still manages to find time to lift us up and share delicious recipes and fitness tips with us!

I got to know her a little bit through twitter and  when she asked me if I’d be interested in sharing some of my favorite recipes for summer while she and Joseph were taking some much needed time together, I was of course delighted.



Quinoa:  The rundown

I’m assuming that most of you have heard of and cooked quinoa, but for those who haven’t, I’ll bring you up to speed.

Quinoa is a seed that is related to spinach and Swiss chard. It is gluten free and one of the best sources of vegan protein around.

Although I’m not one to fuss about where I get my protein, it is worth mentioning that quinoa is a complete protein, which is extremely rare in the plant world.

It has all eight of the essential amino acids and the World Health Organization has compared the protein quality to that of dehydrated Whole Milk. Many of my recipes start with cooked quinoa, because I’m a big believer in cooking it once a week so that I have it on hand for a quick meal.

(I’m a homeschooling mom and like many of you, I need all the help I can get when it comes to getting dinner on the table fast!)

Quinoa will last 7 days in the refrigerator and may also be frozen, so it is ideally suited for bulk cooking. If you are new to cooking quinoa or find that your quinoa comes out soggy, you may want to check out this post.

Now, let’s get on with some of my favorite recipes.


The recipes


Tortilla Quinoa Salad Tortilla Quinoa Salad This quinoa salad tastes just as fun as it looks.  I’ve served it for company with rave reviews.


Quinoa Energy Bars





When you are gluten free and vegan, eating on the go can be tricky.  I eliminate the stress by always having a snack like this on had.


Quinoa Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce.

These Spring Rolls are so light and the sauce is so delicious that my family was standing in the kitchen eating them while I was hurriedly trying to take photographs so I wouldn’t miss out.  I could bathe in this sauce.  Seriously.


Chipotle Quinoa Tacos I’m asked all the time what my family’s favorite recipes from the website are.

The truth is that because I’m always testing out new recipes, there are only a few they get to try over and over.

This is one of those!  My husband absolutely loves this.

Because I almost always have steamed tempeh and cooked quinoa on hand, this is a go to dish when I am trying to answer the “what’s for dinner” question.


Flourless Chocolate Chip CookiesHalf the job of being a mom in the summer is keeping active little tummy’s full.

I feel great about keeping these healthy cookies on hand.  I’ve even been known to allow them for breakfast!


Grape, Walnut & Quinoa SaladThis easy quinoa salad is part of my Quinoa +5 series that has recipes that have just 5 ingredients plus quinoa.  I’ve packed it for cross country road trips and have several readers who have declared this their go to dish for potlucks.


Southwestern Quinoa Salad with Avocado & Black BeansYou may be catching a Mexican theme here.  Both my family and my readers love Mexican food.


Thai Black Rice and Quinoa SaladThis quinoa salad is packed with complex flavors that will delight the pickiest of palates.


Southwestern Chick’n & Quinoa BurritoSince going gluten free, I make this with steamed tempeh. This is another family favorite!




Wendy Polisi is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 & 7 year old boys.

She is the creator of CookingQuinoa.net.


  1. Julie G
    on August 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm said:

    One of my favorite topics…quinoa! I’m excited to know about your blog Wendy! I think the spring rolls are right up my alley. I used to love a certain similar item at PF Changs until I went veg. That was very helpful for me to learn that quinoa can last 7 days in refrig. I was throwing my leftovers out after 3 days 🙁 It is the greatest thing to have cooked quinoa in the refrig. I threw it in some spinach burritos this week and was very happy with the result. Next I hope to try the red quinoa.

  2. Wendy
    on August 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm said:

    YOU are way to kind! You are so far from a “nobody” and I’ve always felt honored you were talking to me. 🙂 Thanks so much for the opportunity…and hope you guys are having the most amazing time.

  3. Meg in Progress
    on August 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm said:

    Okay. This. Is. Perfect. I have been so overwhelmed by the thought of attacking Quinoa centric recipes. How foolish am I? We are making those tacos tonight.

    • Wendy
      on August 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm said:

      Hope you enjoy them as much as we do Meg!

  4. Michelle
    on August 23, 2012 at 4:39 am said:

    I don’t know why I have been neglecting my quinoa lately! I’m excited to try these recipes. What a fun post. (@ 4:30 in the morning, thanks to my last month of pregnancy insomnia:)

    • Wendy
      on August 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm said:

      Thanks so much Michelle! (And I do feel the pregnancy insomnia…hope it all goes by quickly and smoothly for you. :))

  5. Tina
    on August 22, 2012 at 7:36 pm said:

    Just *minutes* before reading this post, a friend was asking me about quinoa. I explained its nutritional properties and amazing versatility as best I could, but when I saw your post, I knew I’d have to forward it to her. These recipes all look amazing! I’m eager to try the Grape, Walnut, and Quinoa Salad. And the Tortilla Quinoa Salad should go over really well with my kids, who like anything that has tortilla strips on it! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Wendy
      on August 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm said:

      Hope your kids enjoy it Tina! Mine are the same way – put tortilla strips on pretty much anything and they will eat it.

  6. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy
    on August 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm said:

    those spring rolls look incredible! what great recipes!

    • Wendy
      on August 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm said:

      Thanks Caralyn!

  7. Gabby @ the veggie nook
    on August 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm said:

    What a lovely round-up from one of my favourite bloggers! Thanks for featuring Wendy 🙂

    • Wendy
      on August 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm said:

      Aww…thanks Gabby!

  8. Dana
    on August 22, 2012 at 11:18 am said:

    Missing Janae but LOVE this guest post! Thanks Wendy! We enjoy your site and try your recipes all the time. And I have Janae to thank for that because I discovered your site through her Marvelous Mondays series. Totally hungry for some Asian Quinoa salad or burgers now! 🙂

    • Wendy
      on August 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm said:

      Thanks so much for your kind words Dana!

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