Have you just begun cooking quinoa but are unsure of how to use it? Many have turned to this seed-like grain for it’s numerous health properties as they lead healthier lifestyles. Yet just as many starts running out of ideas on how to incorporate cooking quinoa into their meals. Here, we give you three ideas to stretch your repertoire and keep you eating this superfood!
1: Salmon on A Bed of Quinoa & Kale
This meal will provide a ton of protein, as well as complex carbohydrates (the right kind), iron, and Vitamin C just to name a few.
Start by cooking quinoa according to package. While the quinoa cooks, spray griddle with plenty of your favorite cooking oil, and place the salmon gently on top. Season with salt and pepper and fresh lemon juice to taste. Flip when fish is white and flaky. Cook until done.
To serve, pick a few large pieces of crisp kale. Lay out the kale and place the fish atop this bed. Serve the quinoa on the side, with a slice of lemon.
2: Superfood Salad
Superfood salad is a very easy “chop and drop” recipe to get your quinoa fix with limited time. Start by chopping one cup of romaine lettuce, and half a cup each of fresh spinach leaves and kale. Dice two small avocados, and one tomato. Mix in one cup of uncooked quinoa, and half a cup of dried cranberries.
This recipe should feed one person for two to three meals or serve two people for one or two meals depending upon the size of the portions. It is packed full of nutrients, including antioxidants, protein, fiber, and anti-inflammatory properties.
3: Quinoa-encrusted Grilled Chicken with “Masked” Potatoes and Spinach
Slice chicken breast thinly. Dip into corn starch, then a milk/egg batter, and press firmly onto a plate filled with raw quinoa. Cook on a griddle or in a cast iron skillet until chicken is cooked through and the coating is just slightly crispy. Serve this on a bed of fresh baby spinach leaves.
For the masked potatoes, boil cauliflower until soft. Use a whisk to beat smooth. Add a little butter, parmesan cheese, and salt/pepper to taste. If too thick, add a dash of milk or water.