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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

All About Quinoa...

Quinoa ("KEEN-wah"), is slowly but surely taking over the world. This delicious grain is referred to as a SUPER FOOD, and is native to regions of South America: Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru. Quinoa contains essential amino acids, and good quantities of calcium, phosphorous and iron. Some say that you can survive off of quinoa alone and nutritional evaluations have shown that it is a source of complete protein. But don't think that this grain should just be relegated to a side dish, here you'll find recipes that integrate the quinoa into main dishes, as well.

1. Quinoa Fruit and Nut Bars: Such a great snack to carry around all day! Recipe Here

Quinoa, Fruit, and Nut Bars

2. Nutty Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa: What an AWESOME alternative to oatmeal! Recipe Here

Nutty Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

3. Almond Cranberry Quinoa Cookies: Three words: COOKIES FOR BREAKFAST!!! Recipe Here

Almond Cranberry Quinoa Cookies

4. Coconut, Almond, and Quinoa Breakfast Cakes: This recipe happens to be vegan, and you won't even notice that it is!!! Recipe Here

Coconut, Almond, and Quinoa Breakfast Cakes

5. Quinoa Granola: Perfect as a gift or just to have around the house to eat on its own or even on top of yogurt! DELISH! Recipe Here

Quinoa Granola

6. Green Quinoa: Fresh herb paste turns the quinoa this pretty color; finish with chopped nuts, arugula, and pepper flakes. Recipe Here

Green Quinoa

7. Plum and Quinoa Salad with a Pomegranate Vinaigrette: Pears would be a great substitute for non-summer seasons. Recipe Here

Plum and Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

8. Quinoa Tabbouleh: Because bulgur wheat is sooooooo 2012!!! =P Recipe Here

Quinoa Tabbouleh

9. Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites: Pretty self-explanatory!!! Recipe Here

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites

10. Crispy Quinoa Sliders: Chickpeas, cheese and breadcrumbs...What could be better! A vegetarian alternative for those backyard BBQ's!!! Recipe Here

Crispy Quinoa Sliders

11. Veggie Fried Quinoa: AWESOME alternative to traditional fried rice. Recipe Here
Veggie Fried Quinoa

12. Quinoa Chili: Who needs meat when you can add delicious healthy quinoa??? Recipe Here

Quinoa Chili

13. Spaghetti with Quinoa Meatballs: I can tell you one thing, you honestly won't miss the meat in this particular recipe. Recipe Here

Spaghetti with Quinoa Meatballs

14. Quinoa Sushi Rolls: MIND=BLOWN!!! Recipe Here
Quinoa Sushi

15. Broccoli Quinoa Quesadillas: AWESOME main dish or even appetizer. Recipe Here
Broccoli Quinoa Quesadillas

Hope you enjoyed a few of those DELISH variations of quinoa! Happy Cooking!!!


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