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Easy Quinoa Recipes

By Edited Nov 9, 2015 0 0

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The latest super food? Quinoa! Over the past year I have really jumped on board with the quinoa craze. It has become a staple in my house and I am very rarely without it.

Quinoa is a great source of dietary fiber as well as calcium. It is high in magnesium, iron and, of course, is gluten free. I am constantly looking for new recipes that I can whip up using this and how I can use it as a replacement in meals I already know and love. Below is my take on "fried rice" that I eat about once a week! It is easy, fast and tasty! I haven't ordered my trusty veggie fried rice from my local Chinese food restaurant in quite sometime, they might be wondering where I have been. 

I hope you enjoy trying out these recipes and if you have any that you found amazing please let me know! I am always excited about hearing how other people use this super food! 

* Before cooking quinoa be sure to rinse it well, if not, it can leave a bitter taste to your entire recipe*

Quinoa "Fried Rice"

Ingredients:

2 c. Cooked Quinoa

2 c. frozen mixed veggies (I use peas and carrots)

2 cloves minced garlic

1/2 c. chopped onions

2 eggs beaten

2 tsp. canola oil

4 tablespoon soy sauce (I use low sodium)

Directions:

In a small skillet scramble the eggs and set aside. In a large skillet heat the oil over medium heat and add onions, cook until slightly translucent. Add in garlic and frozen veggies. Stir until everything is heated through. Add the egg and quinoa to the pan. Add the soy sauce to coat (you can always add more if needed). Once all combined serve and enjoy! 

Feel free to add chicken, shrimp or beef to this to kick it up a notch!

Quinoa Pancakes

You may be asking yourself what this could possibly be! Amazing is the answer. I often eat this for lunch, they are quick and easy to make, healthy for you and a good source of nutrients to add to your day.

Ingredients:

2 c. cooked quinoa (for this I cooked the quinoa in chicken broth instead of water)

2 c. any frozen vegetable medley  (I used brocoli, red pepper, onion spinach) 

2 eggs (beaten)

1 tbsp. olive oil

Directions:

Chop up your vegetables into smaller pieces. Mix all of the ingredients into a bowl (except the oil) mix well. Create 3 medium size pancake style patties. Heat the olive oil in the pan on medium heat. Once hot add your pancakes to the pan. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until each cake is has browned up nicely. Serve! 

Optional: Top your cakes with a salsa to add a little extra to your quinoa cakes. 

 

 

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