Yes, we know. You already know about quinoa. But show of hands: have you ever actually cooked it? Quinoa is a versatile ingredient with a great nutty flavor. It can be prepared simply, as a side, or it can be used in soups and stews, main dishes, even in breakfast dishes and baked goods. Really! Here are some of our favorite quinoa recipes.
Almond Quinoa with Stewed Papaya is a protein-filled breakfast with quinoa soaked in almond milk, chia seeds, and tropical papaya sweetened with panela. Just layer the quinoa and the papaya in mason jars, pop the jars in the fridge, and wake up to a fresh and healthy breakfast every day of the week.
Quinoa is so versatile that it can be prepared as a dessert too. Here, it's mixed up like a rice pudding with tropical coconut milk and pineapple. This sweet dish has a different texture than what most are used to, it's delicious, and it's a healthy alternative to rice.
If you love the crispy crunch of a milanesa but are trying eat more whole grains, Milanesa de Quinoa is the perfect choice. Instead of a traditional meat cutlet, these patties are made from superfood super star quinoa, meaty portobello mushrooms and a touch of sweet carrot. Pan fried or baked, they are sure to satisfy.
Apples may be the most popular ingredient of the harvest season. Crispy and tart, no fall brunch is complete without them. Round out your table with this Spiced Apple Quinoa Loaf. Hearty and healthy, this fresh baked bread will fill your home with the aroma of cinnamon and vanilla. Serve it warm with sweet butter or at room temperature (if you can wait that long).