peace. love. QUINOAPosted: August 9, 2012
a versatile SUPERFOOD.
a good source of dietary fiber
a source of protein
packed with iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium
gluten-free & vegan
can be served sweet or savory, warm or chilled
Quinoa has a light, fluffy texture when it is cooked.
It is a great alternative to white rice, couscous, oatmeal, or ground meat (for vegans).
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For a savory appetite, a variety of vegetables and seasonings can be added to quinoa to make a variety of different dishes. Typically, a savory quinoa dish is served warm.
Choose & chop 3-4 of these ingredients and toss with cooked quinoa for a filling savory dish: peppers, asparagus, chives, onions, peas, garlic, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, olives, sweet potato, corn, zucchini, squash, broccoli, spinach, kale, seeds (pumpkin or sunflower), paprika, cumin, salt, pepper.
For tacos, tostadas, or stuffed peppers, you can use quinoa in place of meat for a hearty filler. It is also suited for a vegetable pilaf.
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For a sweet appetite, a variety of fruits and nuts can be added to cooked quinoa to make a variety of different salads. A sweet, fruity quinoa salad is typically served cool.
Choose & chop 3-4 of these ingredients and toss with cooked quinoa for a refreshing, fruity salad: strawberries, mango, peaches, apples, clementines, onions, celery, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, bell pepper, chives, dried fruits, raisins, cucumber, nuts (pistachios, almonds, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts), agave nectar, citrus juices (orange or lemon), cinnamon, coconut, ginger
Personally, my favorite sweet salad includes cooked, but cool quinoa, dried cranberries, pistachios, and clementine wedges. Topped off with a little bit of orange juice, agave nectar, and sprinkled with cinnamon. ♥ ♥ ♥
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For a high protein breakfast, you can serve your cooked quinoa warm or cool. Combine ingredients such as: peaches, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, bananas, (any type of fruit), dried fruits, raisins, any type of nuts, seeds (flax, chia, sunflower, pumpkin), cinnamon, honey, agave nectar, almond milk (or any type of nut milk), coconut, or yogurt and serve warm or cool, it’s your choice!
*photo above borrowed from Wikipedia.com.