5 Quinoa Recipes You'll Love

5 Quinoa Recipes You'll Love

The ancient grain is back in a big way, and with good reason. Gluten-free quinoa (pronounced "keen-wah") is quick and easy to cook and its nutritional value is unsurpassed. A rich source of protein, quinoa contains all the amino acids and has high amounts of calcium and iron, as well as fiber.

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Tired of eating it plain? You never have to again! Try one of these tasty quinoa meal ideas:

1. Sprinkle 1 cup of cooked quinoa over a green salad to add crunch, flavor, and some protein.

2. Substitute quinoa for rice as a side dish to any protein. If it suits the meal, top it with a tablespoon of hummus.

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3. Make a quinoa pilaf. Once the quinoa is cooked, add some diced vegetables (peppers, onions, tomatoes, olives, celery and garlic work well) and some black beans.

4. Have it for breakfast as a hot cereal. Over your bowl of cooked quinoa, add diced apples, sliced almonds and raisins and sprinkle with cinnamon, or some fresh berries drizzled with honey or maple syrup.

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5. Quinoa patties! Mash together a cup of cooked quinoa with a cup of mashed sweet potatoes and ¼ cup of cranberries or goji berries. Heat some Ellyndale Organic extra virgin olive oil or Barlean's coconut oil in a frying pan. Form the quinoa-potato mash into 2 inch balls, flatten, and cook on both sides until golden brown.

[Editor's note: Living Now Foods has a variety organic quinoa blends – try black, red, or Tri-Color Quinoa for a new look for your favorite dishes.]

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