Healthy Quinoa Recipes using the "It" Grain
Quinoa has risen to superstar fame! Today, the ancient super seed is globally considered to be a superfood with amazing health benefits.
It is the "it" grain of the century. And quite rightly so.
Quinoa is sometimes known as a “pseudo-cereal” because it is eaten for breakfast, as well as lunch, dinner, and even dessert! It makes an excellent addition to a variety of recipes. This article is all about discovering interesting quinoa superfood recipes, so you won't think quinoa seeds are at all boring!
Why is quinoa a superfood?
Quinoa is a powerhouse of nutrients, commonly prepared as a super-healthy side-dish. The wholesome quinoa grain is so versatile that it goes equally well with either meat, seafood dishes, or in burgers. You can create flavourful appetisers, especially soups and salads, and quinoa bread too! These little seeds may not look it, but they are power-packed with protein, iron, fibre, magnesium, manganese, and are gluten-free boosting energy levels. It’s usually a good idea to rinse the seeds before cooking to remove the naturally bitter taste in the coating. Quinoa Superfood is a healthy whole grain ingredient to a whole host of recipes, so we recommend you try cooking with quinoa.
Quinoa for Breakfast
Quinoa is very filling and makes an ideal breakfast. Top the whole grain with fresh fruits and nuts and even a dash of salt. If you like oats for breakfast, then you’ll love quinoa. Lemon-blueberry quinoa porridge has crunchy almonds and anti-oxidant rich blueberries, flavoured with cinnamon and brown sugar – give the perfect start to your day. Check out the numerous quinoa breakfast recipes online for this healthy pseudo-cereal.
Quinoa Pancakes for Brunch
Quinoa is an excellent binder, so you can create tasty twists to traditional crab cakes, pancakes and look at healthy snacks with quinoa. Make healthy pancakes from quinoa, egg whites, spinach leaves, and Parmesan cheese. Though small, these mini pancakes get their kick from the garlic, Parmesan and fresh basil. Serve these min-patties over a bed of spinach leaves and top with some salsa. These healthy pancakes have only 227 calories each and can be served with any meal or taken as a snack.
Quinoa Veggie Burger for Lunch
Need a break from chicken and red meat burgers? Compared to other quinoa burger recipes this buffalo quinoa veggie burger is protein-rich and well-balanced. Prep this tasty vegetarian burger in your blender or food processor, and refrigerate. Use a healthy cooking medium like canola oil, whole wheat buns, cooked chickpeas and boiled potatoes, or an egg, to bind everything. Serve to the entire family with lettuce leaves and sliced tomatoes, mayo, mustard or a hot sauce like Tobasco.
Know the best part?
These quinoa veggie burgers are only 400 calories!
Quinoa salad recipes are great because you don’t need to worry or fuss about the exact ingredients and proportions. Pick any veggies, nuts and herbs that you like. Add cucumber, tomatoes and parsley as regular elements, but also put in some dried apricots and green onions for added flavour.
Our favourite springtime salad recipe is an artichoke and parsley quinoa salad which screams freshness both in taste and health. It makes the perfect side dish for a cafe lunch in spring or summer. Serve with a generous amount of lemon rind and fresh parsley, as an accompaniment to grilled fish or roast chicken.
Love the Mediterranean diet?
Try this twist to the classic Middle Eastern salad (traditional tabouli) with the "it" grain.
Vegan quinoa tabbouleh is super easy to prepare. Add finely chopped parsley, lettuce and carrots to boiled quinoa. Dress it up with fresh lemon juice, salt and olive oil. Quinoa tabboulehs are the simplest recipes you can make, plus they are only 150 calories!
If you love bread but not as much as your health, this wholesome food is for you- and makes great toast! Mix flaxseed and sunflower seeds into your quinoa bread; add millet and oats to your main ingredient, whole wheat, to make it even healthier.
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