- Jul 2, 2014
It's been a big past few years for quinoa recipes. Previously known as a food reserved specifically for health nuts, this grain has stepped into the spotlight as the health food wave rages on and infiltrates the mainstream.

The grain originated in Ecuador, and has been consumed for thousands of years. Its more recent popularity springs from its nutritional value and versatility. Its range can be best seen when observing the varying recipes it's used in.

Like most grains and seeds, quinoa recipes often see the grain used as a meat supplement, such as the deceiving veggie meatballs. It can also stand in as a flour substitute in baked goods -- yes, even in sweets -- with the chocolate quinoa cupcakes as one of the most intriguing quinoa recipes we've seen.

The Super Grain is Used in Everything from Dessert to Breakfast: