Quinoa is popular for many reasons. One cup contains nearly half of your daily value of protein and fiber. It’s rich in vitamin B-6, iron, and magnesium. Plus, it contains all of the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Quinoa is good for your muscles, bones, immune system, energy production system, and more. That’s a lot of nutrition for one food source. But what can you do with it besides slap it on a plate?SkinnyMs. has a number of quinoa dishes that promise to delight. Our recipes for quinoa go beyond boring and predictable preparations. Consider the following 6 ways to make quinoa a part of every meal.
1. Blend it up!
One of the most surprising ways quinoa can be incorporated into a meal is by blending it up into a smoothie. This adds texture as well as the aforementioned nutritional benefits to your breakfast drink. Check out our Quinoa Banana Berry Smoothie, which is full of fiber and antioxidants.
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2. Make a hot cereal.
We know that oatmeal is good for us, but maybe you’re looking for a little more protein. Or maybe you’re tired of oatmeal! Cook up your quinoa and add in some natural sweetener, nuts, fruits, or seeds for a delicious hot breakfast cereal. Our Quinoa Breakfast Cereal recipe offers inspiration.
3. Put it in a salad.
Grains make a great addition to salads, and can be served hot or cold. Instead of going a more traditional pasta salad route, consider using quinoa as your grain of choice. Try our Caprese Quinoa Salad.
4. Incorporate into a grab-and-go snack.
Cooked quinoa is nice and malleable, making it perfect for shaping into bar-form. Our Quinoa Protein Bar recipe shows you how to make a moist, chewy, and naturally-sweetened protein bar from scratch. This is a great way to get a bit of quinoa in at snack time.
5. Use as a meat substitute.
Because of its malleable texture, quinoa can serve as a great substitute for ground meats in dinner recipes. What’s more, this is a cost-saving measure as well. Grass-fed beef, as opposed to what you get in the typical grocery store, is higher in nutrients and lower in fat, but much higher in price than grain-fed, meaning that if you go for the healthiest meat option out there, you’ll end up spending a lot of money. Substituting quinoa is a wallet-saver. Check out our Quinoa (Meatless) Meatball recipe for an idea of how to use this grain as a substitute.
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6. Use it in dessert!
The options end with your creativity. You can do up a mock-rice pudding, a dessert “oatmeal,” or something a little more adventurous, such as these Quinoa Chocolate Drops.
Want more quinoa tips? The New Quinoa eBook will help you realize the grain’s full potential. Endless culinary inspiration can be found on our Pinterest page. Be sure to like us on Facebook as well for regular updates on what we’ve got cooking.