Quinoa's protein content is high, in fact roughly equal to that of milk, due to a high concentration of amino acids. So adding it to foods you already love is a fast track to meeting your protein needs. If you're a fan of quiche Lorraine, depart France for South America, where this rustic quinoa quiche is made with spinach, leek, dill, feta and eggs.
Pile quinoa into flatbread as you would rice in a burrito. The result is mighty filling and the beauty is you can pair it with so many ingredients. Raw beetroot is a favourite as it comes off fresher than cooked, especially when combined with apple and goat's cheese. These beetroot, apple and goat's cheese wraps come to us via Green Kitchen Stories.
To make a more substantial meal outta soup, serve it with a garnish of quinoa spiced with za'atar, sumac and chilli. It gives the soup texture and an added warmth from the Middle Eastern spices. If you have leftover cooked quinoa in the fridge, this butternut pumpkin and quinoa soup is a great way to use it up.
This salad is just gagging to be served at your next dinner party. Quinoa comes in an assortment of colours – black, red, white, sometimes pink – which, if little else, adds that all-important quotient of pretty. Serve this winter leaf and apple salad with crispy quinoa on one large platter. Via the food dept.
With no sugar, cream or butter, this is a fab dessert that in many circles would qualify as healthy. It’s also gluten-free, using almond meal and quinoa in the crumble instead of flour. Try it and see why this baked rhubarb with rosewater, quinoa crumble and whipped ricotta makes sweet music in our mouths.
In this South American quinoa risotto, the grains are cooked "risotto-style", leaving you with a soft and creamy mouthfeel without the starchiness of rice. The addition of mixed mushrooms, parmesan and ground cumin results in a weeknight meal you'll want to cook on repeat.
This too-easy recipe for Moroccan quinoa cakes proves quinoa truly is a chameleon. You might recognise it in porridge at pricey hipster cafes (see below), you've seen it in risotto 2.0 (see above), and now it's reinvented in a stack of spiced patties served with a dollop of creamy hummus. What next, quinoa? Via The Whimsical Wife
Indulgent yet entirely good for you, this bircher museli features quinoa, barley, plus plenty of other wholegrains, along with seeds, cinnamon and fresh fruit. This multi-grain bircher muesli comes to us from author and wholefoods teacher Tony Chiodo. Man knows his breakfast foods.
Looking for a festive holiday recovery recipe? Then this Mexican-inspired turkey and quinoa salad is it. The reliably nutty grain adds substance and makes use of leftover roast turkey to boot.
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(Also, quinoa is pronounced keen-wah. We probably should have said that earlier.)
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