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15 Quinoa Creative Recipes

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Jeanh, Jul 24, 2015.

  1. What Is Quinoa?
    This protein-packed grain looks a bit like couscous, is as versatile as rice, and tastes delicious on its own or in these quinoa recipes.



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    Basic Quinoa Recipe
    Pronounced “keen-wah,” this protein-packed grain contains every amino acid, and is particularly rich in lysine, which promotes healthy tissue growth throughout the body. Quinoa is also a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium, and fiber. It looks a bit like couscous and is as versatile as rice, but quinoa has a richer, nuttier flavor than either of them.

    Quinoa seeds have a naturally bitter coating to deter birds that must be soaked off before preparing. Packaged quinoa has likely been pre-soaked, but check before cooking. To cook it, soak 1 cup quinoa in 2 cups water for 5-10 minutes (to dissolve any remaining bitter coating). Drain and rinse. Pour into a pot and add 1 1/2 cups of water and a half teaspoon of salt. Boil, then cover with a tight-fitting lid. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, covered. Fluff with a fork and serve. Quinoa can be eaten on its own as a side dish, with a bit of butter or oil, salt and pepper, or other seasonings. It also makes a great breakfast dish mixed with dried fruit, cinnamon, milk, and maple syrup or honey. Paired with chili, stir-fries, beans or curries, quinoa is a healthy substitute for rice, and it also makes a tasty pilaf. As a main course, use it to make meat-free burgers, mix it into stews or toss it into salads. Quinoa works as a baking grain as well, and makes for delicious and nutritious breads and muffins. Click for more ideas.




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    Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad
    Please or Register to view links from Ambitious Kitchen incorporates peppers, carrots, onions, and cilantro into her version, but feel free to experiment.




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    Enchilada Chicken Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
    Roasted bell peppers from Ambitious Kitchen are stuffed with quinoa, chicken, red enchilada sauce, cheese, and spices in Please or Register to view links.




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    Shrimp and Vegetable Quinoa Fried Rice
    This " Please or Register to view links" on Queen of Quinoa suggests sautéing the veggies in water instead of oil. In general, quinoa is a healthy substitute for rice (and makes a tasty pilaf).




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    Dark Chocolate Quinoa Cookies
    The secret to the rich flavor of these Please or Register to view links on Queen of Quinoa is a half cup of cocoa powder with chocolate chunks folded into the batter.




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    Rosemary Quinoa Turkey Meatballs
    Quinoa functions as the perfect binder in these protein-filled Please or Register to view links from the blog Queen of Quinoa. The recipe's good-for-you factor is boosted by the use of spaghetti squash in place of pasta, but you could serve these with whatever you like.




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    Blueberry Chocolate Chip Quinoa Pancakes
    Quinoa and Greek yogurt amp up protein in these Please or Register to view links from the blog Ambitious Kitchen. On its own, quinoa also makes a great breakfast mixed with dried fruit, cinnamon, milk, and maple syrup or honey.




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    Quinoa, Fruit, and Nut Protein Bars
    Please or Register to view links from the blog Almonds & Avocados incorporate many nutrient-rich foods like bananas, Medjool dates, pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and almond butter. This recipe also forgoes processed sugar, unlike many store-bought protein bars.




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    Southwestern Quinoa Bites
    These Please or Register to view links from the blog So Very Blessed combine quinoa with black beans, frozen corn, and onion and bake up easily in a muffin tin.




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    Healthy “Reese’s” Quinoa Crispy Treats
    These Please or Register to view links from the blog Queen of Quinoa are a double treat.




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    Quinoa Stuffed Eggplant
    These stuffed eggplants from the blog Please or Register to view links make use of simple ingredients that draw out the best in eggplant's flavor, like mint and oregano.




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    No-Bake Brown Butter Quinoa Bars
    From the blog How Sweet It Is, satisfy a dessert craving with Please or Register to view links filled with quinoa, oats, almonds, flaxseed, and chocolate chips.




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    Quinoa Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Cookies
    From the blog Healthful Pursuit, these Please or Register to view links are made with flour, maple syrup, vanilla extract and dairy-free chocolate chips, with added nutrition from quinoa, zucchini, and flaxseed. Quinoa also works well for baking delicious and nutritious breads and muffins.




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    Sesame Ginger Sweet Teriyaki Salmon with Garlic Quinoa Stir Fry
    The blog Ambitious Kitchen perks up a simple Please or Register to view links with fresh ginger and garlic.




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    Apple Spice Quinoa Granola
    Please or Register to view links from the blog Sally's Baking Addiction jazzes itself up with quinoa, apples, raisins, and more.




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    Quinoa Cookie
    In Please or Register to view links from Two Peas and Their Pod, the quinoa adds a distinct crunchiness and protein boost
     
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