Winning Quinoa Recipes

Black Thai Quinoa and Crab Salad with Yuzu Vinaigrette

As a big fan of quinoa and an advocate of sustainability, fair trade and supporting local farmers, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the winners of Alter Eco’s Quinoa Recipe Contest. To celebrate the International Year of Quinoa (who knew!), Alter Eco invited aspiring chefs from across the country to share their most delicious and inventive quinoa recipes for a chance to win a trip for two to Napa Valley.  Winners were selected by a panel of Alter Eco staff in conjunction with quinoa cooking experts Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming, authors of Quinoa 365 and Quinoa Revolution.

Quinoa Street Taco with Fresh Fig Salsa

The contest grand prize winner, Merry Graham from Newhall, CA, created an Indian Inspired Quinoa Street Taco with Fresh Fig Salsa, a spicy and unique recipe that truly showcased the versatility of quinoa.  For taking the top prize, Merry wins an all expenses paid trip for two to attend the Culinary Institute of America’s gala – “Ingredients for Impact” on October 6, 2013, where event caterers will whip up her winning recipe for the crowd.

Four runners-up won a year of Alter Eco’s high quality royal quinoa – I happen to know one of them: Erika Kerekes of Santa Monica, CA who pens the blog In Erika’s Kitchen and is co-founder of Food Bloggers Los Angeles – a wonderful community of  food bloggers which has grown into an organization that meets once a month for fun, friendship, and sharing food and information on the every-evolving blogging and social media landscape. Congratulations Erika! I’ll be trying your Salmon Quinoa Cakes with Caper Dill Sauce soon :)

Salmon Quinoa Cakes with Caper Dill Sauce

The other three semi-finalist recipes are: Thai Quinoa & Crab Salad with Yuzu Vinaigrette by Edwina Gadsby (Hayden, ID):

Black Thai Quinoa and Crab Salad with Yuzu Vinaigrette

Honey-Lime Quinoa with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds by Johanna Shapiro (San Francisco, CA):

Honey Lime Quinoa with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
and Pearl Quinoa Banana Bread Pudding by Jerilyn Korver (Sherman Oaks, CA).

Alter Eco shared the Grand Prize winning recipe with me and I’m excited to be able to share it with you. This delightfully unique recipe for street tacos brings the satisfying crunchiness along with all the nutritional benefits of quinoa – a complete protein plus 3 grams of fiber per 1/4 cup – flavored with green tea,exotic Indian spices and savory fig sauce.

Learn more about Alter Eco and how they, through Fair Trade and direct relationships with their partner cooperatives around the world, are committed to bettering the health, happiness and future of the families who grow our food and the importance of putting food on their tables as well as ours.

Hungry for more quinoa recipes? I’ll be sharing one or two of the runners-up recipes in future posts, in the meantime, here are a two from the She’s Cookin’ kitchen that are sure to please:

Quinoa Stuffed Chile Rellenos

Quinoa Tabbouleh


3 Responses to “Winning Quinoa Recipes”

  1. Monet September 20 at 7:39 am #

    These all look so good! It’s hard to know which one I would want to try first. I eat quinoa almost every week and these would definitely spice up dinner!

  2. Ally's Kitchen September 20 at 11:15 am #

    Fabulous ideas for quinoa, and Merry’s a dear close friend of mine! She’s a prolific recipe creator and contest winner!! Great post, Priscilla!!

  3. Nami | Just One Cookbook September 22 at 3:50 pm #

    Great quinoa recipes! I love the healthy and delicious dishes. I’d try the taco recipe first! Fig salsa? That will be my first!

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