Cooking with “Super Grain” Quinoa
Feb 26th, 2016
Whether you practice a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle or are simply looking for a nutrient-dense, versatile ingredient to cook with, quinoa is a healthy diet staple. Packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants, quinoa is often referred to as a “super grain” due to its high nutrient content. Quinoa’s natural flavor is the perfect complement to your menu at any meal. This versatile grain is packed with nutrients for balanced nutrition. From hot cereals to stir-fry recipes and one pan main dishes, quinoa is the perfect way to give your diet a nutritious boost at every meal.
The first step to incorporating more quinoa into your diet all week is meal prepping. Cook quinoa for use in a variety of meals in less than 20 minutes! Prepping your “super grain” on Sundays will help make preparing meals all week quicker and easier. Try this Meal Prep 101: Quinoa recipe to simplify the preparation process!
Start with Breakfast
Begin your day with optimal nutrition and energy. Swap traditional oats for quinoa to add protein, fiber and antioxidants to your morning meal. With more than 5 grams of fiber and more than 8 grams of protein in one cup of quinoa, this recipe is a great way to begin the day with proper nutrition for incredible energy. Try this Maple Glazed Quinoa Porridge to mix up classic hot cereal. Packed with produce, almond milk and almond butter, this recipe is also great for vegans and vegetarians, as well!
Mix Up Traditional Salads
Transform your go-to salad with this colorful, nutritious On-the-Go Mason Jar Salad. With quinoa, cucumber, peppers, green onion, spinach and sesame seeds, this salad is packed with antioxidants for a light, refreshing option to fuel your afternoon.
With simple, homemade dressing, this salad helps you control your sugar and preservative intake with all natural ingredients. You can also customize the flavor to your preference.
One of the best things about this salad is how easy it is to transport! By placing it in the mason jar with the dressing at the bottom, it will stay fresh and crisp until you are ready to eat. This makes it perfect for busy weekday lunches. Planning ahead can be the difference between grabbing fast food for lunch vs. a nutrient-dense option like this simple salad.
Try an All-in-One Dinner Option
For a simple weeknight meal option packed with nutrients, try this 5-Ingredient Stuffed Zucchini. All-in-one stuffed squash and zucchini recipes are trending right now, and the simplicity, flavor and health properties make them a great solution for nights you are short on time. High in protein, fiber and low in calories and sugar, this is a great meal solution for health-conscious and those watching their weight.
Say “Yes” to Dessert!
Eating well does not mean sacrificing. With these Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies made with quinoa, applesauce, raw sugar and dark chocolate chips, you can indulge in dessert without the guilt. Low in sugar and calories, these cookies are a great dessert option packed with nutrients, too!
With these recipes, you can begin to incorporate more quinoa into your diet. Swap low-nutrient sides like white rice and white bread for this antioxidant-packed “super grain!”
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