Quinoa is a well known whole-grain rich in nutrients. There are people who haven’t even heard about quinoa and its benefits. Quinoa comes with a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans and therefore, it is very popular among health lovers. You can see white, red and black quinoa available in stores. Providing essential vitamins, minerals and fiber, quinoa helps in the proper functioning of digestive system. Eating small amount of quinoa makes you feel full and more satisfied. Quinoa has a natural bitter coating that keeps insects away without having to use pesticides. This bitter coating called – Saponin can be removed by rinsing quinoa with water before consuming. You can easily incorporate quinoa into your dish by just using it in place of rice. Quinoa has a nutty taste and it takes 15 minutes of cooking to make it tender. Exploring into the world of recipes with quinoa is not just a wonderful experience, but is also to ensure that you have a healthy diet. Quinoa benefits you in many ways. Studies have revealed that daily intake of quinoa reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, obesity, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes and colon cancer. Lets see some of the easy to cook, tasty quinoa recipes:
Quinoa and black beans:
Quinoa with black beans combination makes a perfect Mexican dish that will make you add quinoa to your daily dinner menu. Its a perfect alternative to your traditional rice and beans recipes. Being a vegetarian recipe, quinoa with black beans, tomatoes and spices (chili powder) will make this a delicious family favorite. The spicy flavor of onion, added with garlic blended in a mixture of quinoa, black beans and diced tomatoes gives you a mouth watering effect. To add more flavor to this recipe, you can add sliced avocado. Try out this spicy recipe and stay healthy.
Quinoa cereal with caramelized bananas
A perfect starter to begin the day with. Yes, a very simple yet healthy dish that you would love to prepare. Those who are tired of having the cereals, can go for this recipe. This hot cereal comes with some added protein and fiber to keep you full. This includes red quinoa warmed with coconut milk and caramelized bananas. As it is a protein packed stuff, children would love to have this. Apple slices can be used in place of banana. It depends on your taste. Surprise your family with this morning cereal.
Quinoa with chicken and veggies
Here comes the quinoa dish for chicken lovers. Chicken with quinoa is a very easy to cook recipe, where in you can add any vegetables. Fry your veggies to give a brownish effect and add chicken to this fried mixture. Yummy,, can’t control myself. By making this recipe, you are ensured that you get all the vital minerals and vitamins that are required for your body. Both quinoa and chicken share the same calorie content. Combining quinoa and chicken in your dish means you get the required level of protein and fiber which in turn helps to fight against cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes.
Quinoa Protein bars:
Any chocolate lovers here? Explore into the world of chocolate with quinoa chocolate protein bars. Dark chocolate is something which everyone would love to incorporate in their recipes. Quinoa stuffed with dark chocolate is one such sweet and healthy diet. Its a perfect snack you can have after workouts. If you would love to have something sweet at afternoons, quinoa protein bars would be the best bet. Being on a healthy diet, Quinoa protein bars help in satisfying your cravings. The calorie count is below 100 and it comes mostly from the dates. Instead of honey, you can also try chocolate chips with quinoa for a gluten free diet.
Another spicy dish that can be made with quinoa. With its unique texture and spicy flavor, this mouthwatering recipe will make your plate empty in seconds. Chili quinoa is prepared with ground beef. You can also make it as a vegetarian dish by excluding the beef part. My friend tried this recipe without beef and she was amazed by the taste. For all those spicy beef lovers, chili quinoa is a ready-to-go dish. Adding tomatoes, black beans, red bell pepper, green bell pepper and parsley will make you ask for more!!.
Coconut quinoa with roasted cauliflower
Wanna try Indian cuisine? Flavored with Indian spices, this delicious vegan recipe makes you feel on top. This recipe combines the nutritious benefits of both cauliflower and quinoa to ensure that you maintain a healthy diet. If you are looking for a gluten free meal then I would suggest you to prepare quinoa cooked in coconut milk. The Indian traditional spices – cardamom, turmeric, ginger and curry powder when added to the recipe gives a rich spicy touch to the curry. You can also use it as a side dish whichever way you like and feel healthy for rest of the day.
Spicy quinoa with sweet potatoes
Potato, potato fry, potato chips, potato curry – some of the favorite dishes made from potato. When you get confused with what to make for lunch or dinner, an easy to go option is to prepare a potato dish. And luckily, everyone would just love to eat dishes made from potatoes. And one such variety is spicy quinoa with sweet potatoes. Sweet potato is rich in Vitamin B6 which helps in the prevention of heart attacks. For those who are beauty conscious, sweet potatoes when added to recipes, produces collagen which makes you look young and charming. Frying the sweet potatoes and red onion with vegetable oil, helps in improving the metabolism.
There is nothing better than a bowl of soup on a chilled evening to please our taste buds. Why not then try for a quinoa soup? Quinoa soup is perfect for veg lovers because its easy to make and is loaded with nutrients and protein. Quinoa soup is a great filler when you are on a healthy diet. You can incorporate vegetables like tomato, celery stalks, yellow squash, green beans, bay leaves and fresh basil. Soup is one of the best way to incorporate all vegetables as this is loved by both children and adults. You can serve.
Sweet potato veg quinoa burgers
A perfect vegan dish you can have to make you feel satisfied for the day. These burgers stuffed with sweet potato and quinoa will give you all the texture you want. The taste is that good. Dress your bun with sliced tomatoes and sprouts. Using grape seed oil per patty, lowers your cholesterol and a reduced risk of heart diseases. You can also use canola or vegetable oil. This is going to give you a burger with the flavor that you wouldn’t expect. Its just AMAZING !!!!!!!
Quinoa – crusted Fish with plum chutney
This crispy sable fish mix quinoa recipe would give you a mouthwatering experience. Being rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, adding fish to your diet helps in maintaining good health. From the quinoa versions available in the market, red quinoa is used to make this recipe. To give a smoky touch, they have used smoked paprika which is then sprinkled wherever it is needed. Sweet paprika can also be substituted. Sable fish contains high amount of Omega-3 with high saturated fat.
Strawberry – Banana Quinoa Smoothie
Now you can make a smoothie without adding any nutritional powders or pastes. Smoothies are a great way to control your cravings as they include nutrients, antioxidants and fiber. One such healthy recipe is strawberry-banana quinoa smoothie that you can make of your own at home. Instead of drinking sodas and cookies, have this smoothie made for your kids. Add one tablespoon of chia seeds as it is a rich source of Omega-3. Its a perfect after-school snack that makes your kid feel full until dinner is there on the table.
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad:
Salad is one of the effective way to ensure that you get all the required nutrients to be healthy and strong. And this is possible when you add a rainbow of colorful foods loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. Yes,Quinoa salad with seasonal vegetables like cucumber, parsley, tomatoes, oven roasted corn and red onion is a tasty as well as healthy side dish that you can try at your home. Roasted corn when added to this recipe gives a sweet touch. Refrigerate the whole stuff until its ready to eat.
During winters, you can change the recipe by adding roasted vegetables instead.
Quinoa pasta with spinach and tomatoes
Time to have a pasta. Its one of the most popular foods when you are on a weight loss program. You can add the nutritional benefits of quinoa into your diet by making delicious quinoa pasta. It is recommended that you use a pasta machine to make a home made pasta. Perfect for a cold and rainy evening, this quinoa pasta takes around 20mins.
Indian quinoa veg curry
This typical Indian veg curry made of quinoa is a favorite choice for spicy lovers. To get this curry made in no time, cook the quinoa in the coconut milk and tomatoes. The ingredients include rinsed quinoa, coconut milk, tomatoes, tomato ketchup, coconut oil, onion, garlic, carrot, chickpeas, red chili pepper, spinach, chili powder, fresh coriander, salt and pepper. Adding chickpeas to the recipe provides fiber advantage and takes care of your health by lowering LDL.
Cheesy veggie quinoa bites
A perfect party dish that can be stuffed with some protein rich quinoa. These cheesy veggie quinoa bites look small in size but rich in flavor. A light-weight night meal that can be served along with your friends. A side salad would make a perfect match. This Italian cheesy bites are blended with jack cheese and Parmesan cheese. Add some red onions, diced broccoli and peppers to make it colorful. Yummy,, that looks and tastes AWESOME!!!
Chocolate strikes again. For all those chocolate lovers, here comes your perfect choice. Quinoa brownies are dairy-free and allergen-free recipe that you would definitely love to include in your healthy diet recipes. All ingredients are easily available and some of you might have them in stock. You can cut them to 16 squares and top with powdered sugar if needed. They have used white quinoa instead of black and red.
Thai chicken quinoa
Here’s a way to learn how to cook chicken and do it in a Thai style. Here they have used chicken breast. Chicken breast is considered to be a reminder among the health lovers. Being low on fat and high in protein, chicken breast is considered to be a lean meat that is ideal for muscle growth. The ingredients include quinoa, chicken breast, carrots, green onions, peanuts and chopped cilantro. A side of Thai sauce helps make this a complete dish.
Crustless quinoa quiche
This is a wonderful recipe that you can have for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Even the best part is you can serve it either cold or hot, the flavor remains the same. Quinoa quiche is one way of introducing quinoa to your family members as many are not aware of such a healthy grain. Being a super-food, it has a perfect mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. This makes you feel full and the best part is, if you have leftovers, it can be used as a breakfast dish as well. Carefully place the cherry tomatoes seed all over the top of the quiche and place it in the oven.
Quinoa pizza crust
Using just 5 ingredients – quinoa, water, sea salt, baking powder and oil, you can make this amazing healthy recipe. Packed with protein punch, this pizza is soft with crunchy edges. You can top the pizza with healthy homemade pizza sauce or low fat broccoli pesto. Sprinkle some nutritional yeast to make it more delicious. You can also use caramelized onions with crumbled goat cheese to top the pizza. As onions are a good source of flavanoids, they have been shown to have a variety of anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits.
For all mothers or wives who wish to make something new and healthy for breakfast, here comes the perfect mix. Quinoa flakes is one such way to enjoy quinoa for breakfast. Take a break from the regular cereals that you have, and try something that is really rich in nutrients and minerals. With crushed pineapple and creamy coconut butter, this Quinoa flakes will make you feel satisfied till lunch. Dried pineapple is two to three times higher in calories than raw pineapple. But if you are looking to lose weight or control your blood sugar level, it is better that you eat fresh pineapple.
Skinny cabbage rolls with quinoa
Cabbage quinoa rolls are not like the regular veg rolls stuffed with veg curries or mix. Here, they had used cabbage to make a roll and not to fill inside. Kids don’t like seeing a cabbage dish in their lunch box. But if you pack their lunch box with this quinoa stuffed cabbage roll, they will ask for more and more. Also, cabbage has a lot to do with lowering your cholesterol. Steamed cabbage has more cholesterol lowering ability than raw cabbage. Serve rolled cabbage rolls with thickened tomato sauce over the top. A perfect dish for a chilly evening.
Quinoa meatless meatballs
Quinoa is a great alternative for meat. Quinoa meatballs are a party favorite. These meatballs can be served as a main dish. A barbecue sauce goes well with these meatballs. Learning to cook with quinoa is simple. They contain less saturated fat. Quinoa meatless meatballs are a great substitute for chicken and turkey meatballs because they are a combination of both wholegrain and protein. You can add more of bread crumbs if you need the meatballs to be more firm. Its prefect to eat before workouts as they provide complex carbohydrates for energy and protein for building muscles.
Spinach and lemon quinoa bake
Prepare quinoa dishes so that you get the punch of protein. Rich in vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates, quinoa dishes are favorites among health conscious people. One such gluten free dish that is easy to cook at your home is Spinach and lemon quinoa bake. Children will love to have this when they come back from school. Adding lemon zest would give a fresh flavor to the recipe. You can serve this as a main dish or side dish, warm or cold. This can also be used with broccoli and daiya pepper jack cheese for a nice casserole dish.
Quinoa stuffed squash
This is one of the nice ways to introduce quinoa to your family and friends who may not have tried this before. They have used butternut squash to make his recipe. This dish can be served as a main or as a side dish. They have used quinoa instead of breadcrumbs to fit the low carb diet. The mushrooms add more taste and the buttery pecans add crunchiness. You can prepare the filling while the squash is baking and sauté out the veggies in the filling while the quinoa is cooking. By this you save the time.
Spicy Cajun chicken quinoa
All spicy chicken lovers who wish to go for a low carb diet, can have this spicy Cajun chicken recipe. Quinoa is good for health as they are a rich source of protein. When you add quinoa to a chicken recipe you get the added benefits of eating both chicken and quinoa. Here, they have taken chicken breast which helps you to lose weight. Adding chicken breast to your dish helps you eat fewer calories and also burn extra calories for effective weight loss. Eat healthy, stay healthy.
Mexican ground beef quinoa skillet
With very few ingredients, you can have this spicy night meal at your home to enjoy your weekend. The ingredients used are ground beef, chopped onion, tomatoes, quinoa, water, chili powder and ground cumin. Rinse quinoa and add the tomatoes, chilies, spices and water to the ground beef. You can also add garlic power to add more spice. Topping with shredded cheddar and sour cream makes it more tasty.
Quinoa fried rice
For those who love to eat something healthy, here comes quinoa fried rice. Quinoa is a perfect substitute for rice. But here they have blended both rice and quinoa to make this dish look awesome. Adding more vegetables and prawns add more flavor. Sauté all the vegetables, onion, carrot, garlic and ginger. Spicy chicken would be perfect side dish for this nice lunch. If you don’t like soy sauce, you can instead use Worcestershire sauce and a tiny bit of water. The taste will slightly differ but will be close enough.
Southwestern Quinoa salad with creamy Avocado dressing
Made with fresh Southwestern ingredients, quinoa salad looks so beautiful to see. A perfect vegan dish made with veggies like creamy avocado, plump grape tomatoes, lively corn, orange bell, peppers, black-beans, cucumber, lime, coriander and last but not the least, our main ingredient- quinoa. The texture is so thick that you can also use it to dip some corn chips. One cup of quinoa with the above mentioned veggies is enough to serve 4 people.
Crispy quinoa patties
A perfect desert to try during weekday nights. These meatless patties are crispy on the edges and warm in the center. One of the best benefit of making this recipe is that you can make the entire batch of quinoa patties and refrigerate them so that you can reheat the required patties in the microwave before lunch. Add your favorite cheese with spices like lemon pepper, cumin or smoked paprika to give a spicy touch. Make sure you chop the veggies nice and fine. And if you find the mixture to be too wet, add more cooked quinoa or bread crumbs.
By now you might have come to know to cook variety quinoa dishes. Quinoa as mentioned above, is an excellent source of fiber and protein. You can cook quinoa in just a few minutes. Quinoa is a great addition to make for breakfast or cereal bar. In today’s busy world, people are least bothered about their health and are used to unhealthy food habits. At the end of the day it is your health and your life. If you stay healthy, you can go long miles.
“ The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine OR the slowest form of poison.” – Ann Wigmore