Quinoa is a very popular health food and a good addition to your diet. It is gluten-free, high in protein and it contains all nine essential amino acids.
On top of that, it is also high in fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B, vitamin E and other beneficial antioxidants.
You can simply replace rice for a side of quinoa as an easy way to integrate into your diet. If you want to get creative, below are some recipes to try:
Garlic Shrimp with Quinoa
This healthy Garlic Shrimp with Quinoa recipe cooks entirely in ONE pan (including the quinoa), and is ready to go in 30 minutes. A touch of chili powder and cayenne give it zest, lemon juice keeps it fresh, and as the name suggests, a generous handful of fresh garlic brings the recipe to life. This recipe is packed with proteins and whole grains. (Courtesy of wellplated.com)
Quinoa Spinach Power Salad
This salad is a fit for all salad. It satisfies almost every diet. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, you name it!! So is that why I call this a power salad? Nope. The reason that this salad is a power salad is because it is packed with so many nutrients you wouldn’t believe. (Courtesy of aheadofthyme.com)
One Pan Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Quinoa
This one pot meal is delicious, healthy, filling and is made in one pot that will be ready in about 30 minutes. Cut the broccoli and grate cheese while chicken and quinoa cook to best use time. (Courtesy of cookingclassy.com)
Cinnamon Maple Breakfast Quinoa
Friends, meet my breakfast quinoa. It’s warm, comforting, healthy, gluten free, high in protein and will seriously keep you full until lunch. Feel free to make a double or triple batch and keep it in the fridge for an even quicker breakfast. (Courtesy of laurenslatest.com)
Quinoa Banana Bread
The quinoa is almost unrecognizable in this bread. You really can’t taste it at all. It does add a bit of a crunch on the outer edges. Nothing like sneaking extra nutrition into something everyone is going to eat anyway! (Courtesy of beyondthechickencoop.com)