You’ve heard about quinoa’s many health benefits, such as being rich in amino acids, protein and fibre. You may want to add quinoa to your weekly menus to make meals more nutritious, but if you’ve never cooked with the seed before, it can be difficult to know where to begin.
So just what makes good quinoa food? We’ve put together a list of some of the most popular ways to serve quinoa to help you add quinoa to your healthy diet.
– Pastries – Quinoa can be very delicious in sweet foods, such as breads, cookies, muffins, cakes and cupcakes. Honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and many other spices enhance the slightly nutty flavour of quinoa in pastries.
– Breakfast – At breakfast time, you can add quinoa to pancakes or boil it to make a delicious hot cereal. Berries and maple syrup both pair nicely with quinoa and will give you a sweet, yet wholesome way to start your day.
– Soups – Quinoa is a wonderful starch to add to soups instead of noodles, barley or potatoes. Because of its unique taste, quinoa can be used in both cream and broth-based or clear soups.
– Dinner – You can use quinoa to make a variety of hot dishes, including risotto. Many proteins, including pork, chicken, beef and salmon, balance the flavour of quinoa, but it can also be combined with cheese and vegetables like kale, bell peppers and asparagus to make hearty vegetarian dinners. For a refreshing side in the summertime, you can dress quinoa in a light vinaigrette and toss it with your favourite salad toppings in place of lettuce.
A good rule of thumb is that any recipe that is tasty with rice, barley or oatmeal will taste great with quinoa. Just follow the directions and substitute equal amounts of quinoa to give your recipes a healthy boost.