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3 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Quinoa

Whenever I cook grains – rice, quinoa, barley, farro, bulgur, etc. – we end up with leftovers, no matter how hard I try to make a small batch. Usually I put these extra grains to use in soups and salads, but the quinoa always seems to remain.

So recently, I experimented a little with leftover quinoa and found three tasty, family-approved uses that I’m sure we’ll be making again and again.

Quinoa veggie burgers - the perfect way to use leftover quinoa!

Quinoa Veggie Burgers

For these, I sautéed about a cup of shredded carrots, 2 green onions, and 1 shredded zucchini until the veggies were very soft. I added the veggies to 2 cups of cooked quinoa with about 1/3 cup salsa. Formed into patties and pan-fried in olive oil 4-5 minutes per side until a crust formed and the patties were cooked through. Serve on top of greens with black beans, more salsa and a dollop of yogurt.

Quinoa Breakfast Cereal

Cinnamon Vanilla Quinoa “Cereal”

Simply top a bowl of cooked quinoa with fresh fruit, a sprinkle of cinnamon and vanilla Organic Balance (or any milk of your choice). We’ve been eating this cold, but it’s also great warm.

Quinoa Granola - the perfect way to use leftover quinoa

Quinoa Granola

I wasn’t sure if this recipe would work, but we loved the result. Official recipe is coming soon, but the gist is I mixed together cooked quinoa, oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, honey, almond butter and oil and baked at a low temperature so the “granola” would be in chewy clumps instead of hard crumbles. This is the perfect on-the-go snack! More on this soon.

How do you put leftover quinoa – or other grains – to good use?


  • Allison
    November 2, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Rice pudding and quinoa pudding-yummy!!!

  • Amelia Winslow
    November 4, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Great idea, Allison – Don’t think I would have thought of those but they sound delicious!

  • Susan Katz
    November 4, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    I’m excited for the granola recipe — it sounds delicious!

  • Deelanee
    January 4, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Wow, those are such great ideas! The veggie patties, I’m sure I will make, as often my quinoa leftovers were cooked with oil and spices to go with something else. i’ll be sure to try them next time I have some extra. Reminds me we tried some not long ago because we had forgotten it… ?. i don’t like to waste.

  • Amelia Winslow
    January 4, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Let me know how you like the patties, and I’d love to hear how you use quinoa leftovers too!

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