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Easy quinoa recipes for 250 calories

Fear not this grain: Quinoa is fast-cooking and makes tasty salads. You can cook on Sunday, chill, eat over the next few days, and tote to work. Cooking Light has rounded up eight easy quinoa recipes under 250 calories. 

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Quinoa Nutrition Facts

Ready in about 20 minutes, whole-grain, and gluten-free. Here's how 2/3 cup (the amount of quinoa you'll use for the combos) compares to other whole grains.

Quinoa
148 calories, 5.4g protein, 3.5g fiber

Brown Rice
144 calories, 3.4g protein, 2.3g fiber

Farro
133 calories, 5.3g protein, 4.7g fiber

Barley
129 calories, 2.4g protein, 4g fiber

Bulgur
101 calories, 3.7g protein, 5.5g fiber

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Rise and Shine

Start with 2/3 cup quinoa and then add your favorite combos. First up:

1/4 cup fresh blueberries + 1 tablespoon chopped toasted walnuts + 2 teaspoons brown sugar + 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

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The Nutty Moroccan

3 tablespoons cooked chickpeas + 1/4 cup grated fresh carrot + 2 teaspoons toasted pine nuts + 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

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Fresh & Dill-icious

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice + 2 tablespoons dried currants + 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill + 1/4 cup fresh squash ribbons + 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

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Heirlooms & Avocados

1/2 cup heirloom cherry tomatoes + 1/4 cup sliced avocado + 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro + 3/4 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

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Roots, Greens, & Shoots

1/4 cup roasted sweet potato cubes + 1/2 cup fresh baby spinach + 1 tablespoon chopped toasted pecans + 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onions

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Mint for Summer

1/3 cup fresh summer corn + 1/2 ounce ricotta salata cheese + 2 tablespoons fresh mint + 1/4 cup grated yellow squash

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Red, White & Green Crunch

1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh radishes + 2 tablespoons thinly sliced snow peas + 1 ounce goat cheese, crumbled + 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

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Strawberry Fields

1/3 cup fresh sliced strawberries + 1 tablespoon chopped toasted hazelnuts + 1/4 cup baby arugula + 1/2 ounce goat cheese, crumbled

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Easy quinoa recipes for 250 calories

Fear not this grain: Quinoa is fast-cooking and makes tasty salads. You can cook on Sunday, chill, eat over the next few days, and tote to work. Cooking Light has rounded up eight easy quinoa recipes under 250 calories. 

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