Ever dabbled in quinoa? If not, you really should! Read on to discover why and get some ideas on how to use it - 4 tasty ways with quinoa.
This nutritionally-dense, powerhouse of a seed (but typically used as a grain) is worth getting to grips with.
An excellent replacement for heavy carbs. And for those suffering from gluten intolerances or digestive issues it can add a somewhat revolutionary twist to their meals. If you’re A-okay with the classic intolerant-type foods, quinoa is still an incredibly healthy option though.
Quinoa is an ancient seed that was originally (several thousands of years ago) sacred to the Incas in Peru. Today you’ll find it high on the list of wholefood lovers and for good reason to. It’s one of the few plants considered to be a complete protein, which means it contains all the essential amino acids your body can’t naturally produce.
Not only is this superfood quinoa, a blood sugar blessing, it scores high on high-energy and is definitely one for a healthy weight loss plan. Woohoo!
But if you're stumped on how best to use it, here’s 4 tasty ways for you to explore:
Quinoa works amazingly well in smoothies. This fabulous alternative to oats has a neutral taste that doesn’t dominate the smoothie flavour. The protein, iron and fibre content packs a nutritional punch and you can use it cooked or soaked. Personally, I prefer cooked quinoa.
To cook: put 1 cup of water to 1/2 a cup of quinoa in a saucepan and cook for 10 – 15 minutes until all the water has absorbed.
For a hearty breakfast, satisfying lunch or speedy supper:
Cook ½ a cup of quinoa and serve with 2 scrambled eggs, ½ an avocado and some chopped tomatoes marinated in olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Roasted veggie quinoa salad
Gather a selection of root vegetables (e.g. peppers, red onion, fennel, squash, courgette), plus whole garlic for roasting. Chop into inch size pieces, mix with olive oil, salt and mixed herbs, then bake in the over on 200 degrees C for approximately 30 minutes.
Meanwhile cook the quinoa in chicken stock.
Combine the veggies and quinoa with a dressing made of olive oil, fresh herbs, lemon juice and seasoning.
Or for another variation on a dressing - mix tamari, tahini and lemon juice.
Lastly for an unbelievably good dinner, try my Squash, Kale and Quinoa Stew
Wishing you enjoyable experimenting with quinoa!
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