Quinoa recipes are all over the internet. Some people are intimidated by cooking quinoa. You shouldn’t be! Let us help you discover your new favorite recipes that the whole family will enjoy.
What is Quinoa?
Most of us think of it as a grain. It is actually a seed. Quinoa’s popularity is growing for many reasons. It is easy to prepare, tasty and classified as a superfood. Quinoa is packed with nutrients that are important to a balanced diet.
Cooking directions vary and depend on the manufacturer. Follow the package directions to prepare and proceed from there to create a meal. If you purchase the quinoa from a bulk grocer and do not have directions do a quick google search. For the first time cooking it is best to stick with simple. From there you will enjoy discovering new and flavorful ways to prepare it. Maybe boil in a low-sodium chicken broth. The beauty is that the options are endless and easily changed to meet your needs.
One cup of cooked quinoa has seven vitamins, ten minerals and 5.2 grams of dietary fiber. That is a lot of goodness in one ingredient. Now the goal is to add other foods that are healthy and family friendly.
Baked Pepper Jack Quinoa Skillet
We have all had to cook for someone that is not a fan of spinach or broccoli. This recipe can help. It is filled with cheesy goodness and loaded with flavorful quinoa. The veggies are not the main attraction but still bring a lot of nutrients to the dish.
Baked Pepper Jack Quinoa Skillet is just seven ingredients topped with a little salt and pepper. Simple, fast and a hit for any day of the week. Remember to cut the broccoli florets smaller if you are serving that finicky eater.
Versatile recipes are always a hit with us. Toss some chicken in for a main dish or change up the veggies for some variety. Just remember to consider that the new ingredients won’t add up to the same 340 calories per serving as the original recipe. Get creative!
Quinoa Fried Rice
Do you enjoy fried rice but you are looking for an option packed with more nutrients? Quinoa to the rescue once again. Packed with healthy nutrients and vitamins, quinoa makes this recipe healthier than most of the other fried rice options. One perk is the similar texture to rice so your finickier eater won’t baulk at it.
Quinoa Fried Rice puts a healthy spin on an all-time favorite. It also provides a weeknight option for a healthy and hearty meal with just 15 minutes from stove to table. Don’t forget this recipe yields two servings so you will want to double it for a family of four.
Again, you can toss in some chicken, steak, tofu or other protein packed options to kick up the protein value a bit. Maybe a twist on the veggies or some added seasonings to spice it up a bit. The options are endless.
Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, brings us this healthy twist on oatmeal. She does a wonderful job bringing us the recipe along with valuable information to help us decide if this is what we are looking for. The comments are also a perk. Never skip them when looking for new recipes. You will save yourself time and frustration by learning from others.
Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl is vegan and gluten-free. The recipe yields 2 servings so keep that in mind if you are feeding a crowd. With a combined prep and cook time of 20 minutes it is good for any day of the week.
You know we like versatile recipes and this one does not disappoint. Maybe toss in some blueberries or strawberries.
Strawberry Shortcake Quinoa Parfait
It did not take us long to find the next winning recipe. Once again Brittany with Eating Bird Food has created a delightful option for breakfast or dessert. She found some leftover quinoa and from that we now have Strawberry Shortcake Quinoa Parfait.
Tasty, vegan and gluten-free, and packed with protein to start your day off right. Not to mention it helps to satisfy that sweet tooth. Kids are sure to love this dessert like breakfast. Toss in a couple blueberries or any other fruit your family enjoys.
The recipe shows a 2 hours and 15 minute prep and cook time. You can easily decrease that by making the quinoa the night before and letting it cool overnight. The more you learn to use quinoa throughout the day, you may find that some leftover quinoa in the refrigerator is common. That makes this an easy and quick recipe.
Zesty Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
This recipe offers a make-ahead lunch that is ready to go when you are. Zesty Mediterranean Quinoa Salad will also help with that mid-day crash. It is packed with protein, vitamins and minerals to get you going again.
It will be easier to make the quinoa and dressing the night before. The recipe shows a total time of 15 minutes but, that is with cooked quinoa. The entire recipe can be made ahead but if you prefer to add the veggies just before heading off to work that won’t take much time at all.
Those hot summer nights when the idea of turning on the stove makes you cringe, this recipe can save the day. Toss in some more veggies or meat and dinner is served.
The article provides a wonderful video that will walk you through the process. Do yourself a favor and watch the video. We are all about learning from the creators to get as many tips as possible. Save time and ingredients by avoiding mistakes.
Rice pudding is a well known favorite around the world. Food.com shares a recipe by justcallmetoni that uses quinoa in place of the rice. The texture remains but flavor and nutritional values increase.
This Quinoa Pudding recipe is a baked version that is likely to be a weekend dessert or something to bring to the pot-luck and impress everyone with your healthy and tasty dessert.
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