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Quinoa Your Life

February 12, 2014

I love quinoa especially since I don’t eat grains on a regular basis.  Quinoa has a grain profile but is actually a seed and is one of the few non-meat sources of complete protein.  That being said, there are only so many times you can have it in a salad or on the side of some chicken before you need to mix it up. If you’re at that stage, I’m here with a few suggestions to quickly change up your quinoa consumption.

Cut an apple into chunks, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake.   Add the apple into cooked quinoa along with a bit of honey or maple syrup.

Use quinoa in the place of rice in jambalaya or any other rice based dish.

Go Mexican style and mix cooked quinoa with black beans, avocado, salsa and a bit of cheese.  Have it in a bowl or as a burrito.

Quinoa flakes are a great high protein substitute for oatmeal.  I like them better in this dish than regular quinoa because the consistency is similar and you don’t lose the “feel” of real oatmeal.  Cook them according to package instructions but add some cinnamon and nutmeg to the water.  Pumpkin spice works well in this too if you’re not sick to death of all things pumpkin. Once it’s cooked, you can stir some extras in there – a few nuts, some berries or dried fruit etc.

Replace breading for chicken or fish with quinoa flakes.  Follow your recipe as per usual but sub in the quinoa for panko/corn flakes/whatever you usually use.

Use quiona flakes instead of oatmeal in your oatmeal cookies. Trust me!

That should be enough to get you started or at least get your own creative juices flowing. If you have suggestions, leave them in the comments!

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