Easy Quinoa Recipes

Along the long journey of knowing about quinoa, adding it to your meals, and gaining different benefits from it; it is considered the right time to know that quinoa could be used as a substitute for different foods such as rice and could be also used as a food on its own and not only that, but quinoa also has the ability to be used as a flour in some of the baking recipes that are preferred as well as preparing some healthy desserts with it. All these options that give you the chance to make quinoa part of your meal should give you a hint about how much important it is and how many benefits it could deliver to your body.

Healthy Quinoa Recipes

The word “healthy” should not be placed in this sentence because quinoa in general is considered a healthy seed which means that it will also result in bringing out some delicious and healthy recipes as well. When quinoa is cooked, it usually looks like rice in its appearance and maybe this is the main reason why it could actually take the rice’s place. It is not just about the looks of it, but it is also about how beneficial quinoa is when it is compared to rice; whether the white or the brown.

Quinoa has been always recognized and dealt with by many people as a grain and is even sometimes referred to as a “wholegrain” although in the real world it is a seed plant that is free from wheat and gluten. Being gluten free makes quinoa a safe choice for those who are sensitive to gluten, allergic to grains, and those who are suffering from celiac disease.

You might be asking yourself why you should think about looking at those quinoa dinner recipes or even add quinoa to your meals, the answer would come in the different nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants that it carries and which have the ability to carry several benefits to the body. Quinoa could help you lose weight, fight diabetes, maintain blood sugar, as well as manage cholesterol and glucose levels.

  • Quinoa with Leaks and Shiitake Mushrooms

Among the different recipes of quinoa, you will find those related to salads as well as those which are combined to chicken, meat, and mushrooms. The first quinoa recipe to try here is the one with leaks and shiitake mushrooms.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fat-free, less sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ teaspoon of salt, divided
  • 1 ½ cups of uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 3 cups thinly sliced leak (about two large)
  • 4 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushroom caps (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 ½ cups chopped red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts.

How to Prepare:

  • Combine the broth, water, and the ¼ teaspoon of salt in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in the quinoa, cover, and then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Stir in the 3 tablespoons of parsley, 1 ½ teaspoons of oil, and 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper. Remove from the heat but keep it warm.
  • Now heat the remaining 1 ½ teaspoons of oil in a medium non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the leak; sauté for 6 minutes or until wilted. Add the mushroom caps, bell pepper, and the white wine, and then cook for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in the remaining ¼ teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper. In order to serve, place one cup of quinoa in a bowl and top it with 1 ¼ cups of the vegetable mixture 2 tablespoons of walnuts.

This recipe is considered best for those who love the addition of mushrooms to their food as well as appreciate the taste of white wine when it goes in between the different ingredients added to a specific recipe.

    • Quick-Cured Sake Salmon with Quinoa

For all those who cannot live without eating sushi and can’t get the idea of living without consuming any salmon throughout their week, should try this sake salmon with quinoa recipe and bring some benefits to their bodies as well.

Ingredients:

  • 1 salmon fillet
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1 ½ cups sake, divided
  • ½ teaspoon chili paste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped carrot
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

How to Prepare:

  • Combine one teaspoon of kosher salt and one teaspoon sugar then rub this mixture evenly on the skinned sides of the salmon, cover with a plastic wrap, and then chill for two hours.
  • Remove the plastic wrap from the salmon, wash the salmon from the salt, and then pat dry it with a paper towel. Combine one cup of sake, the remaining teaspoon of sugar, chili past, and garlic in a zip top plastic bag. Add the salmon to this bag; seal and put it in the refrigerator for 1 hour and keep turning it occasionally.
  • Wash the quinoa by putting it in a fine sieve, covering it with water, and rubbing it with your both hands. Rinse and then drain.
  • Heat the butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat until the butter melts. Add the pepper, carrot, and onion to the pan; sauté for 2 minutes or until the onion is tender. Add the quinoa and cook it through stirring for about one minute. Stir in one cup of water, remaining ½ cup of sake, juice, and ¼ teaspoon salt; bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, and stir in the parsley.
  • Now remove the salmon from the bag, reserving the marinade. Place the marinade in a saucepan over medium-high heat and cook it until it is reduced to 2 tablespoons; for about 7 minutes.
  • Brush the skinned side of the salmon with the remaining ½ teaspoon of oil. Heat an oven-proof skillet on medium-high heat. Add the salmon to the pan with skin side up, cook for 3 minutes or until it starts to turn golden brown. Turn the salmon over and baste with reduced marinade.
  • Place the pan in the oven and bake at 450 degrees for 5 minutes or until the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.

Quinoa Dessert Recipes

Among the best quinoa recipes out there, there are some related to dinner and there are some related to desserts. If you are preparing these quinoa seeds for your kids, you will realize that they will get attracted to eat them when they are added to their favorite dessert recipes or baking goodies and this makes it a good choice for you to try other new ones for both of you; you and your kids.

  • Vanilla Cake

Yes, we actually said cake and you are invited to have a look through this recipe in order to prepare it to your family. The cake recipes with quinoa are considered magic because they give you the chance to eat something that is delicious and comes from the family of desserts, but which is healthy at the same time.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup non-dairy milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 ¼ cup coconut sugar (1 ½ cups of granulated coconut sugar blended into a powder)
  • ¼ cups + 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

How to Prepare:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare the baking pans that you are going to use.
  • Add the milk, eggs, vanilla, and vinegar to a blender and blend them on high until they become smooth. Add the oil and the quinoa and blend again until smooth.
  • Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl then add the contents in the blender to them, stir together until the batter is smooth. Set aside and let is rest for 5 minutes.
  • Divide the batter between the three baking pans that you have prepared and bake them for 25 or 28 minutes until a cake tester is inserted in the middle and comes out clean.

In between these three layers of the cake which you have prepared, you could make a frosting to use; one that you might already know or else try the one found in this recipe for the vanilla quinoa cake.

  • Quinoa Brownies

It always feels unbelievable when you are given the chance to do those sugary desserts but with a healthy twist by adding quinoa seeds to them, such as the case with quinoa brownies, which makes the ides of eating desserts less regretful.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter
  • ½ cup butternut squash (peeled and cubed)
  • 1/3 cup silk chocolate almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons ground flax
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

How to Prepare:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cook the butternut squash over a stovetop or in the microwave.
  • Add almond milk to the cooked butter squash, and then puree with an immersion blender.
  • Add all the other ingredients into a medium mixing bowl.
  • Spray a baking pan with a baking spray and pour the brownie batter then cook for 25 minutes, or until the toothpick comes out clean.

When you are about to choose a recipe to make with quinoa, you have to watch for the amount of time you might need in order to prepare it because there are those quick easy recipes, and there are those which will take more time in order to be prepared and ready for serving. Quinoa will be efficient to transfer your meal into a healthier one with a good taste as well.

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