Quinoa is a high-protein seed (that acts like a grain) packed with fiber, iron, magnesium, and riboflavin. Because of its slow-burning carbohydrates, it’s superior to other refined grains. It also contains the antioxidants quercetin and kaempferol, which act as anti-inflammatory agents in the body. If you have enjoyed quinoa as a side dish with dinner and want a few more ideas on how to incorporate this super-grain, look no further! Here are 3 simple ways to add quinoa to your diet that you will love!
1. Oatmeal If you’re getting tired of having oatmeal for breakfast day in and day out, switch up your grains and use quinoa: combine equal parts quinoa, milk, and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil; and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes. Get creative with topping combinations: try peaches and shaved coconut; apples, almonds, and cinnamon; seed or nut butters or sprinkle in pumpkin or chia seeds.
2. Meatballs and Burgers Go completely vegetarian and use quinoa in place of meat in meatball recipes (a perfect substitute for Meatless Mondays!). For meat-lovers, you can still slash the saturated fat of your favorite meatball by replacing half of the meat with cooked quinoa. On the same vein, make homemade veggie burgers with quinoa. For a Southwestern-inspired burger, add black beans, salsa, and smoked paprika. You can also add quinoa to falafels or patties (like in crab or salmon cakes).
3. Stuffing Tuck this recipe away for next Thanksgiving: Quinoa Stuffing with Apple, Sweet Potato & Hazelnuts. For a Spring-themed dish, try Mediterranean Quinoa-Stuffed Artichokes, which uses sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and feta. Subbing out refined-flour bread for quinoa will boost protein, fiber, and other nutrients.