Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) has risen to superstar fame in recent years. It’s a gluten-free, high-protein, high-fiber, quick-cooking whole grain with a nutty flavor and a fun pop between the teeth when cooked. You’ll find beige, red, black, or tricolor quinoa in stores; they all taste the same, so use whichever color you prefer. Because quinoa has a bitter-flavored natural coating, it’s always a good idea to rinse it before cooking. Quinoa is great for pilafs, salads, soups, casseroles, and more. Find 38 great recipes for cooking with this ancient grain here.
Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Chili
Quinoa bulks up this meatless chili, adding its toasty-nutty flavor and contributing protein and fiber. Smoked paprika is key, adding unparalleled flavor and depth. If you can’t find fire-roasted tomatoes with chipotles, you can use regular fire-roasted tomatoes. Just taste to gauge the spice level, and add a little chipotle chile powder, ground red pepper, or hot sauce if you think the chili needs more heat. We like the soft, creamy texture of pinto beans here, but you can use any canned bean you like. Serve with toasted flatbread, or bake up a pan of cornbread for a classic accompaniment.