Quinoa Recipes

I have several favorite quinoa recipes. It is a food I eat almost every day and could live on with some sweet potatoes and raspberries.

Cooking quinoa is fairly simple. Quinoa must be cooked in order to be properly digested. The first step is rinsing. Then, the quinoa may be soaked for 2-12 hours to germinate it. This gives it a softer, fluffier texture when cooked and makes it easier to digest. After soaking the quinoa, rinse it with purified water.

It is not necessary to soak it and it may be placed directly in the pot or rice cooker.

1 cup quinoa

3 cups water

1 TBS olive oil

ΒΌ tsp sea salt (Real Salt is my favorite)

1 TBS Fresh or dried herbs

Boil the quinoa and water until the water is almost totally soaked in, about 15 minutes. Take off heat and let cool. Add olive oil, sea salt and herbs.

Quinoa Nutrition

1 cup (185 g)

Calories 222

Total Fat 4 g

Total Carbs 39 g

Fiber 5 g

Protein 8 g

15% of Iron

Quinoa with Black Beans and Peppers

2 cups cooked quinoa

1 cup black beans

1 cup chopped peppers (green, yellow, red and/or hot)

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 TBS olive oil

Pour the oil into a skillet with the peppers and black beans.Cook for two-three minutes and then add quinoa, salt and pepper.

Add other seasonings and herbs to taste. You may also want to add zucchini to this quinoa recipe.

Quinoa Sweet Potato Patties

1 cup grated sweet potatoes

1 1/2 cups smashed black beans

1 cup cooked quinoa

2 TBS dried parsley

2 TBS olive oil

2 beaten eggs

1 tsp salt (Real Salt)

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp tumeric

Mix all ingredients together. Put parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Form into balls and smash into patties.

Bake 30 minutes at 350.

Top with cheese or top with sour cream and salsa.

Serve on hamburger buns or eat plain.

These are super yummy. I could eat five plain by myself, so you may want to double the batch.

I modified this recipe from one I got off of my one of my favorite blogs The Enlightened Homemaker.

Sweet Breakfast Quinoa with Berries

1/2 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 cup fresh berries (or thawed berries)

1/4 cup rice or almond milk

1 TBS maple syrup or agave

Warm milk in a saucepan, do not boil. Add quinoa just to warm it. Take off heat, add berries and syrup. Enjoy! This is a delicious healthy breakfast with fruit for quick energy and quinoa protein to help keep you full.

There is always room to experiment, maybe you would like less milk. Maybe you do not need anything to sweeten it. Quinoa recipes are very flexible.

German Pancakes

This is a great breakfast quinoa recipe. I like to use several different flours that I grind myself. Quinoa flour, millet flour, oat flour, brown rice flour, buckwheat flour, spelt flour, amaranth flour and you can use wheat flour, I don't because I am allergic to wheat. I use my Blendtec blender to grind all of my grains. My Blendtec is one of the best things that ever happened to me. I can make so many things in it and it grinds 3 cups of flour in 30 seconds!

I also mix and soak the flours the day before, about 12-24 hours. I soak them in rice milk with a little bit of lemon juice. Soaking is very simple, add the flour with the liquid and something acidic. I like lemon juice but vinegar, yogurt and buttermilk work, too. Stir it up in a glass bowl and cover with saran wrap. Leave on your counter overnight. Soaking the freshly ground flour make it break down, activates enzymes, and makes it easier to digest.

1 cup mixed flours

1 cup rice or almond milk

1 tsp lemon juice

6 beaten eggs (or mix it together in your blender)

4 TBS butter

Heat oven to 400. Blend the eggs in the blender. Add the soaked mixture of flour and milk. Blend completely.

Melt the butter in a 9 x 13 glass pan. Pour the mixture over the butter and put in the oven.

Cook for 20 minutes. Should be puffy and slightly golden.

Add maple syrup and enjoy! My daughter loves this and would eat it three meals a day.
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