It does seem like a lot of calories, but I have found that if I bulk it up enough with other vegetables it works out pretty well. I like the taste and texture and it adds variety. Here is a recipe that I made last night with it.
vegetable oil cooking spray
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1 can of corn kernels, drained
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Spray a medium saucepan with vegetable cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute until lightly browned.
Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with vegetable broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes,
Stir in corn, black beans and cilantro. Mix well and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes for vegetables to warm and flavors to mix. Heat on very low as necessary to keep warm.
I also have a really good quinoa chili recipe that I think I have already typed out somewhere. I'll post it when I find it...