Not only is it good for you and versatile, it’s incredibly easy to make. I usually make a few containers of it earlier in the week in the rice cooker and set them in the refrigerator until I’m ready to use it.
Quinoa has also replaced my pasta dish the night before a long run. It is incredibly gentle on my sensitive belly.
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I’m going to share with you my favorite 5 Quinoa Recipes
Roasted Veggies over Quinoa
This is incredibly easy - just choose whatever veggies you enjoy or have on hand - roast them in the oven with a bit of olive oil or coconut oil and some salt then top over the quinoa. Most of the time I don’t even warm up the quinoa if I’ve had it refrigerated because the head from the roasted veggies will warm it up for sure. Sometimes I’ll get fancy and add some broiled haddock or tilapia to it, but most of the time I just love a huge helping of veggies over my quinoa. Sometimes I add nutritional yeast on top.
Southwest Quinoa Salad
I enjoy making this on a Sunday and then filling up several containers of it for my school lunch. Again, it’s packed full of great food and it’s filling.
2 cups of quinoa
handful of cilantro finely chopped up
1 container of halved grape tomatoes
1 avocado, diced up
1 can of sweet corn or 1 or 2 ears of corn on the cobb (obviously cut off)
1 can of drained/rinsed black beans or 1 bag of thawed edamame (right now I’m enjoying my own garden grown edamame)
2 tbs olive oil
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs red wine vinegar
a few drops of hot sauce
Mix all of the ingredients together, split into 5 containers and lunch for the week is done!
Another easy lunch, salad favorite of mine. Again I like to make a bunch of this on a Sunday, separate it into 5 containers and my lunch for the week is done.
2 cups quinoa
1 container of grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 of a jar of kalamata olives, diced or whole - either works
1/2 container of feta cheese
1 diced cucumber
1 tbs lemon juice
2 Tbs olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 Cups Quinoa
Fresh basil leaves, torn
Salt and Pepper to taste
Lemon Pesto Quinoa
make your own pesto
My favorite homemade pesto has been:
a few handfuls of fresh basil
2 tbs lemon juice
2 garlic cloves
put all the above ingredients in the food processor and process away
Then top it over some of your favorite veggies, cheese and quinoa. Oh yum!
*Sometimes I add parmesan cheese to the pesto and sometimes I omit (forget). I like it both ways. If I’m craving the salty flavor that parmesan cheese adds, then I just add a bit of salt to it.
Are you are fan of quinoa? Share your favorite recipes or you link here!