Quinoa Four Ways

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quinoa 4 ways

Whether you’re packing lunch for work, school, or a long day of shopping, quinoa is one of your best bets. Sometimes thought of as a grain, quinoa is actually a complete-protein seed. It contains all nine essential amino acids (which our bodies can’t make and must acquire from food). It’s also very versatile; you can make dishes that are sweet or savory and it can be served at any meal of the day.

When cooking this complete protein, combine 1 part quinoa with 2 parts water. Bring to a boil, cover with a lid, and simmer on low heat until all water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and serve. Always be sure to wash this seed well before use to remove any bitter flavor. My favorite tip is to make a big batch at the beginning of the week and store in the refrigerator to use throughout the week. (Plant-based made easy!) Here are four of my favorite ways to eat this tasty seed.

Cherry basil Quinoa 1

Cherry Basil Quinoa

serves 2

  • 1.5 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup chopped cherries
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mix well. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for later use.

curry quinoa with hummus 1

Curry Quinoa with Hummus

serves 2

  • 1.5 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2-1/4 cup hummus
  1. Combine quinoa through salt in a large bowl, mix well.
  2. Top with a scoop of hummus and serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for later use.

blueberry walnut breakfast quinoa

Blueberry Walnut Breakfast Quinoa

serves 2

  • 1.5 cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 3 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mix well. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for later use.

spicy tomato avocado quinoa 1
Spicy Tomato Avocado Quinoa

serves 2

  • 1.5 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes (if using vine-ripe or beefsteak, remove seeds)
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • hot sauce to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mix well. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for later use.

quinoa four ways

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  1. nikki says:

    yum!! the avocado one.. 🙂

    xxoo,
    nikki

    http://www.dream-in-neon.com

  2. Interested lady says:

    Love the quinoa. Especially your combos.

  3. huntfortheverybest says:

    they all sound good! i love the photos!

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