Maybe that sort-of-hippie friend left a box after visiting, you mistook it for couscous on the grocery store shelf or maybe you just happen to be an absolute quinoa devotee – no matter how you cut it (or mix it, cook it, eat it), quinoa is delicious and extremely adaptable. Savory or sweet, try these quinoa ideas for each meal.
Breakfast. Try oatmeal without the oats! Make your quinoa with some milk instead of water, then serve in a bowl with blueberries or apple slices and sprinkled cinnamon. Also try adding scoops of cooked quinoa into your pancakes. It cuts flour usage by half and adds a satisfying texture and flavor to this breakfast classic.
Lunch. This one's easy: Quinoa and kale salad with craisins, walnuts and the perfect citrus dressing. It's so good you could eat it for each meal. For those wanting something a little more savory, try Quinoa cooked with chicken broth or grilled with herbs and spices – tumeric and cumin are especially tasty on quinoa with peppers and a few onions. If you're a vegetarian or just want something that feels more substantive, grill a little eggplant and throw that in too.
Dinner. Of course quinoa makes for a great side, but with so much protein it could almost take over your meal, so why not let it from time to time? Stir frys are great with some quinoa, but how about making quinoa burgers or throwing some together with beans for a south of the border remix? It goes great with chili, yams, tabouli and chicken too – in fact, quinoa goes with everything!
Dessert. Here's the proof that quinoa can work in any dish for any meal. A great dessert option would be quinoa pudding, which can be done in a variety of styles, from vanilla or coconut to rum raisin. Quinoa cookies are great, especially for the gluten-free crowd. Toasted quinoa with some brown sugar, banana and walnuts makes for an excellent dessert or breakfast granola. And at the end of the day, if you're up to try making some quinoa flour there's really nothing you can't whip into a baked dish. Head to Gerhard's Appliances to grab anything you need to become the culinary master of quinoa.
Delicious, helpful, versatile – quinoa has truly redefined the meaning of super food.