What to Do with Leftover Quinoa?
How many times did you prepare your food for the day and then realized that it was much more than what you and the rest of your family are going to consume? It happens all the time in every single home out there, the problem appears with those who fail to use the leftovers and end up throwing them away. When it comes to quinoa, the same story might happen and you might start thinking about the options that you might have in order to do something useful out of those leftovers, that is why this article is mainly focused on different ideas and recipes that will give you hints about the things you could make out of the leftovers without feeling bad about eating something repeated through several days.
The benefits that quinoa could deliver are numerous and that is the reason why it is important to add it to your schedule, and not only that, but it is also easy to prepare and does not take a lot of time. In order not to throw your leftovers but at the same time not be obliged to eat the same thing for two consecutive days, there are different ideas for making use of the leftovers and preparing a different kind of meal with them.
What to Make with Leftover Quinoa?
Some of the benefits related to quinoa would make you more interested about the idea of doing something out of the leftovers of quinoa instead of throwing them away, such as being rich with protein, having fiber more than most of the other grains, carrying different minerals and nutrients such as lysine, iron, magnesium, manganese, and riboflavin. Every single one of these nutrients is responsible for delivering some benefits to the body of the human being, making quinoa one important type of food for a lot of people.
From the different leftover quinoa recipes which you could try out there, there is:
- The Warm Quinoa Breakfast Porridge
There are several choices out there to think about when it comes to your breakfast meal; in the same way you could make your favorite porridge with quinoa, you could also use them when it comes to eggs, that’s in addition to other options which you still have as well. The ingredients which you are going to use in preparing this recipe include quinoa, almonds, vanilla extract, honey, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, pomegranates, peanut butter, lemon, and mint leaves.
Some of you might not consider adding all these different ingredients to the recipe, but this mixture will always add a lot to the recipes.
- 1 cup of quinoa
- ½ cup almond milk/dairy milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 1 cup of raspberries
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 1 handful of pomegranate seeds
- 2 tablespoons almond butter/peanut butter
- ½ cup of sliced toasted almonds
- A few mint leaves
- ½ lime/lemon
You will use the leftover quinoa which you have prepared the previous day, add it to the almond milk, the peanut butter, and the vanilla, while stirring them all for a couple of minutes. After putting this mixture in the microwave to get heated, you will then use the fruits and the mint leaves in order to add a little bit of taste to it.
- Roasted Tomatoes with Eggs and Quinoa
This is considered one of the easiest recipes to prepare out there, either with the leftover quinoa that is kept in the refrigerator, or else with cooking new quinoa on the spot. This is considered one healthy meal to depend on when it comes to your breakfast, but in addition to that, you could always depend on this recipe when it comes to the food you want to take with you to work, because it will always work out. The ingredients which you will need to prepare this recipe include:
- 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
- One teaspoon olive oil
- ½ cup cooked quinoa
- 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese, divided
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon fresh chopped oregano
- Pinch of ground black pepper
Start by turning the broiler onto high, add the tomatoes in an oven safe dish, drizzle some olive oil on top, and then broil for five minutes or until slightly charred. Use the leftover quinoa by adding it to the parmesan cheese and add a pinch of salt then set it aside in a plate. Now cook the eggs according to your will then place it over the quinoa then add the tomatoes on top of them.
- Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet
It is not just about using quinoa because you don’t want to throw it away, but you should also try to get a little bit creative with it in order to enjoy what you are eating and not end up throwing it as well. The turkey taco quinoa skillet is a mixture of quinoa, ground turkey, black beans, corn, tomatoes, and Mexican spices; having all these different ingredients in one skillet only is considered a different kind of recipe to try and prepare out there.
The ingredients which you will need in order to prepare this recipe are:
- ½ pound lean ground turkey
- ½ of a yellow diced onion
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 4 ounces of can diced green chilies
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- Black pepper to taste
- 5 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 5 ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes
- ½ cup of frozen corn
- ¼ cup of jarred salsa
- ½ cup of rinsed quinoa
- ½ cup of water
- ½ cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- ½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- Cilantro for garnish
In order to use these different ingredients correctly and prepare something with the leftover quinoa, you will start with spraying a large skillet and heat it over a medium high heat. Making sure the skillet is hot, you will cook the diced onion for about 2 minutes then add the ground turkey and the minced garlic, and cooking them until the meat is almost cooked. Add the spices and the diced green chilies and cook them for one more minute. Now add the black beans, the corn, the fire roasted tomatoes, the salsa, and the leftover quinoa, and combine all ingredients together through stirring them well enough. When the mixture starts to bubble, you will need to cover it with a lid and lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 20 minutes. When the recipe is done, sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top of it and cover the lid to give this cheese the chance to melt.
- Quinoa, Spinach, and Tomato Stuffed Avocado
Among the different uses for leftover quinoa, you could manage to prepare your breakfast, prepare your dinner, or even get the chance to do some snacks to depend on during the rest of the day. One of those recipes using cooked quinoa is the avocado that is stuffed with quinoa, spinach, and tomato, which is considered a good snack for you and which you could easily prepare. There are different ingredients which you are going to get in order to prepare this snack, which include:
- 1 avocado
- ¼ cup dried quinoa
- ½ cup chickpeas
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- ¼ cup chop cilantro
- ¼ cup chop spinach
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon agave (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
To get going with these ingredients that you ended up having, you will need now to start with chopping the cilantro and the spinach and then combine them with the mustard, lemon juice, agave, cumin, and garlic. Now add one tablespoon of water to the dressing until it is well combined. Cut the cherry tomatoes and add them along with the chickpeas to the quinoa, and pour the dressing over this mixture until it is well coated. The last step will be the one related to the avocado, you will need to cut it and remove the pit and then stuff it with the quinoa mixture that you have already prepared.
- Quinoa Crusted Chicken Strips with BBQ Honey Mustard
There are different things to make with quinoa and among all the different recipes; you will come across those which you like and those which are not among your favorite foods. One of the things that almost all the people out there love is the crusted chicken strips, which you could manage to prepare with using the leftover quinoa that you have. To indulge in this recipe and make the best out of it, you should know the ingredients which are used in the process of preparing it and which include:
- 2 cups of cooked quinoa
- 1 ½ pounds of boneless, skinless chicken tenders, cut into strips
- ½ cup low fat buttermilk
- ½ cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon fresh black pepper
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
You could also prepare the honey mustard right at your place by using these different ingredients:
- 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup honey
- 3 tablespoons of BBQ sauce
- ½ a lime, lemon
At the beginning, spread the quinoa on a prepared baking sheet and bake it until it is toasted, golden brown, and crispy; for about 20 or 25 minutes. After that get it out and let it cool for about 5 minutes before transferring it all to a blender, just leaving 1/3 of it aside, and blend on high speed. Do that for one or two minutes until the quinoa is transferred into flour and some of it is in small pieces. Now increase the temperature of the oven and line a baking sheet with foil and spray or brush it with olive oil. Add the quinoa crumbs along with the 1/3 cup that you reserved and then add to them the panko bread crumbs, pepper, and seasoned salt, and stir them to combine.
In another bowl, use the ½ cup of the BBQ honey mustard sauce that you have created and add the buttermilk, add the chicken to it and toss well before putting them into the quinoa crumbs. Finally, bake the chicken strips.
There are different recipes using cooked quinoa that you could learn and prepare out there; those which have been tried before as well as those which might be all created by you and your talents. The reason behind trying to do all these different recipes is to avoid throwing the extra leftover quinoa which you managed to cook but failed to eat; even if it is not about the leftover quinoa, you could prepare these recipes with cooking quinoa and then following the rest of the steps to bring these dishes out.