These posts are geared towards helping you integrate common or not so common foods into your diet! What is awesome about these posts is that even if you already use these foods, I try my best to introduce to you recipes you might have never thought of or tried!
Here are my previous blog posts in this series:
Quinoa might be all the rage right now, but it is for a good reason. According to a Harvard study, a bowl of quinoa (or other whole grains) can save your life! Strong words, don’t you think? In this study, they established that risk of premature death was decreased by 17% in those who consumed whole grains on a daily basis.
But wait, what is a whole grain? A whole grain is a grain in which the germ, endosperm and bran are still present. Many grains that we eat, such as white rice, only contain the endosperm. The germ and bran are removed, which strips the grain of many nutrients like fiber, antioxidants such as vitamin E, as well as iron, zinc and so on.
It also contains a good amount of protein (14g in 100g quinoa), which is an awesome way to incorporate a grain and still get some protein to keep you full! It has a considerably higher amount when comparing it to rice, barley and corn. (source)
If that’s not cool enough, it even contains essential fatty acids, such as omega 3 and omega 6! Other significant vitamins found in quinoa are vitamin B6 and Folic acid. In fact, it’s folic acid content is quite elevated. If you are of child bearing age, it is especially important to eat an adequate amount of this nutrient as it essential for proper development of infants.
It is also high in vitamin E, which is an awesome antioxidant that fights free radicals and ultimately, cancer!
If I haven’t convinced you just yet, I am sure the recipes will. Here are some of my favorite ways of incorporating quinoa into my diet!
1. Quinoa Oatmeal
This recipe comes straight from the Thug Kitchen cookbook and it was one of my go-to breakfasts for the longest time. It’s filling, hearty and chewy thanks to the quinoa and steel-cut oats and is the perfect vessel to any topping.
Luckily, they also posted the recipe online, so go check out the Thug Kitchen’s Quinoa Oatmeal here!
2. Edamame, Feta and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
One of my favorite recipes I posted here on my blog one year ago is my recipe for quinoa stuffed peppers!
For some reason, the meat stuffed versions have no appeal to me. Subbing that meat for quinoa makes a world of difference, it’s delicious and makes for the perfect weeknight meal.
3. Cheesy Mexican Black Bean Quinoa Casserole
I made this casserole for the first time this week and I just know it will be a weeknight meal that I will be eating very very often. All the ingredients are thrown into one bowl, including uncooked quinoa, placed in a dish and baked!
(I did take photos of my own but they actually turned out absolutely terrible and blurry, so forgive me if I am not giving you “proof” that I made it, but I swear I did!!!)
This recipe is super fast and ridiculously delicious. I got this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie, so head on over there to check out her Cheesy Mexican Black Bean Quinoa Casserole!
4. Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bake
This flour can be used in baking to add a little bit more of an earthier tastes to desserts. I used quinoa flour for the first time using Cora’s recipe for this chocolate quinoa breakfast bake (added sugar and made it a dessert, because that’s just me) and it was delicious. This also happens to be a microwaveable mug cake, which we all know I love!!
There are countless of quinoa recipes out there, from bars, to desserts, to granola and endless options for weeknight meals! Hopefully this post introduced you to the versatility of quinoa and I hope you get to try some of these out! I chose these because they are definitely some of my favorite ways to use quinoa.
What is your favorite way to eat quinoa?