This protein-packed, grain-like seed has soared in popularity the last couple of years. I love it because it's gluten-free and delicious. Plus, there are so many ways you can enjoy it, as the following recipes will demonstrate. Besides an impressive protein content, quinoa
also contains plenty of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory proprieties. So whether you are enjoying it as a simple side, blending it into a pizza crust, or adding it to granola, you can be confident that there are many benefits to this beautiful grain. I thought it would be fun to show how diverse quinoa recipes are by giving you some fun ones for every meal — even dessert!
For basis instructions on cooking quinoa, here is my method,
which involves a soaking period.
Red Quinoa Hot Cereal:
This simple hot cereal recipe highlights its use for breakfast. Cooked in milk and served with chopped nuts and raisins, this is a fun take on the usual hot cereal we serve.
Quinoa has also been added to a variety of granola recipes for a delicious crunchy cereal (top yogurt with it, for a delicious protein-rich start to the day).
Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Beets, and Arugula:
One of my favorite ways to use leftover quinoa is by tossing it into a green salad. This recipe highlights a bunch of delicious, nourishing foods for a refreshing light lunch or dinner.
Little Quinoa Patties:
Graced with cheese and chives and held together with eggs, these delightful patties are a creative way to enjoy quinoa.
Simple Mexican Quinoa Bowl:
One simple dinner idea is to top quinoa with Mexican spiced beef, salsa, avocados, and whatever other toppings sound good. It’s easy and delicious.
Quinoa Chocolate Cake:
Did you know that quinoa also makes great gluten-free flour? This recipe shows how delicious the results can be. (I’d probably use coconut sugar in place of the regular sugar in this recipe).
Puddings made out of quinoa are also very popular. This is a great example.
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