What Is Quinoa?
Quinoa is a plant in the amaranth family and is considered a grain. It is gluten free and contains complex carbohydrates which are digested gradually.
Once cooked, quinoa is fluffy and has a slightly nutty flavor. It can be eaten as breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert dishes. It works well as a breakfast dish in place of oatmeal. Quinoa is a great, healthy substitute for rice. It can be mixed into stews or tossed into salads. Moreover, it’s a great substitute to flour in baking!
Quinoa is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and is a complete source of protein (plant based) with all nine essential amino acids. It’s a good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It is a good source of vitamins B and E, iron, magnesium and potassium.
It’s an excellent option for those of us following a high protein, plant based diet. As well as those following a low carb diet.
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Gluten Free Quinoa Recipes
Cook quinoa as per instructions on package. You can cook more and store in container in the fridge. Scoop one cup of cooked quinoa into a bowl. Add warm milk or cold if you want a cold breakfast bowl. Add you choice of ingredients such as seeds, nuts, fruits (fresh or dried), dark chocolate chips, nut butter, etc. I mixed in some powdered peanut butter which make it thicker (similar to the consistency of oatmeal). Sprinkle chia seeds and hemp heart seeds. For a sweeter breakfast bowl, drizzle maple syrup or honey. Enjoy!
Cook quinoa as per instructions on package. You can cook more and store in container in the fridge. Scoop one cup of cooked quinoa into a bowl. Add tomatoes, beets, mixed greens/spinach, seaweed and top with pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. You can also add a scoop of hummus for added protein. Enjoy!
Pan cook tofu in coconut oil and garlic. Add squash and saute until cooked. Throw in chopped cabbage, zucchini and swiss chard. Add coconut aminos for flavor. Cook until al dente. Add in cooked quinoa and drizzle tahini. Add salt and pepper as desired. Mix well, serve and enjoy!
Not only are these dishes healthy and full of nutrients, but they are so filling and satisfying! You can also add your choice of any lean animal protein. Give them a try! Click here for more healthy recipe ideas.