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Quinoa 5 Ways

Last week I shared how you can LOVE YOUR BODY by offering nourishment at the start of the day with these 6-day overnight oats.  Today I wanted to showcase a beautiful food that is wonderful to incorporate in any meal or snack of the day and offers your body LOVE through wonderful nutrition: QUINOA!!! 

Quinoa is a grain that is unique in that it not only offers valuable fiber and micronutrients, but also contains all of the essential amino acids. This is not true of most plant-based protein sources. While it tends to be common knowledge that quinoa is a nutrition-packed choice, I am often asked how to make it. Here is the easy method to cook it and 5 ways you can enjoy it!

To make quinoa, you need a 1:2 ratio of quinoa to liquid. You can totally use water, but I like to use 1/2 water and 1/2 low sodium vegetable or chicken broth.  Here is my favorite way to make it: Bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of low sodium broth to a boil. Add 1 cup of quinoa, cover pot, and reduce to a simmer. In 5-7 minutes quinoa will be cooked through and ready to fluff and serve! Here are a few ideas: 

  1. In place of rice or pasta. Quinoa works as a wonderful side to vegetable and/or your choice of protein or as a base for a stir-fry. 
  2. Add it to your favourite salad or Buddha bowl. This gives a source of longer lasting energy than veggies alone, fibre, a complete protein, and many additional vitamins and minerals.
  3. Make a cold quinoa salad. Mix quinoa with your favourite dried fruit, nuts, and seeds then for a thickened mix stir in Greek yogurt or for a thinner texture add a drizzle of oil, balsamic vinegar can and maple syrup.
  4. Add it to your favourite baked good. Many recipes call for quinoa flour, but you can also add cooked quinoa to your favourite muffin recipe for a boost of protein and fiber. Here are two recipes that I created that have quinoa built into the recipe: Avocado Brownies, and Quinoa Pudding.
  5. Add it to soup! You can add it to any soup to add a little texture or puree it right in!

 

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