Quinoa is one of the most versatile foods you can prepare, and it can be used in a myriad of ways to add a boost of nutrition and earthy goodness to any meal. Here we’ve broken it down for you by which meal of the day you’re having, whether you want something sweet, or if you want to go meatless, or just want something you can whip together in a few minutes.
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1. Quinoa, Oat, and Flax Seed Porridge
You might not see the word porridge being kicked around outside of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but here’s a way to make a hearty porridge using a blend of ingredients that are all renowned for their healthy properties. Let’s start with our favorite, Quinoa. This is going to make sure that your day starts off right with protein and fiber. The oats add additional fiber and have a different texture, thickening things up. The flax seed is an excellent way to sneak in some omega-3s and you’re all set. Top with fruits like blackberries and apricots and you kick the flavor up a notch.
2. Vegan Cacao Almond Baked Breakfast Quinoa Squares
We dare you to say this recipe name 3 times fast! Here’s a breakfast that you might enjoy if you have something of a sweet tooth. It’s vegan so you won’t have a meaty breakfast slogging you down through the morning. Not to worry because Quinoa has you covered in the protein department. Almonds add some extra healthy fats and protein, so these will have you feeling energized and are a great way to start the day. The cacao just makes it taste chocolatey and yummy. They’re a break from your normal breakfast, and are highly portable.
3. Whole Wheat Quinoa Pancakes
If you enjoy pancakes but don’t really like the idea that they don’t really do anything for you nutritionally, here’s a way to have your pancakes and eat them too. In addition to the extra punch Quinoa is providing here, you’ll also like the fact that these are made with whole wheat flour, and use almond milk to keep them dairy free. They suggest you sweeten them up with agave nectar, and this makes a healthier alternative to syrup while also providing a different flavor. The nice thing is that it’s just as easy to make as regular pancakes, as long as you have some cooked Quinoa handy.
4. Coconut Red Quinoa Muffins
Those muffins you see at coffee shops may be a no-no for their large calorie count and high amounts of sugar, but here’s some delectable muffins you can make for yourself, and they’ll actually be good for you. You’re getting omega-3s from flax, healthy fats from walnuts, as well as all of the fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals from Quinoa. This recipe calls for the use of Red Quinoa, so it’s a good opportunity to incorporate that into your menu if you’ve been avoiding it until now. Don’t let the color throw you, it still has all of the nutrition you’d expect from Quinoa.
5. Quinoa Cornbread Muffins
If you love cornbread but don’t have it as often as you’d like because of its rather low nutrition levels, here’s a way to beef it up so you can have it more often. You’ll be getting the flavors that you enjoy because it’s not subbing out the cornmeal, but rather supplementing it with quinoa. They’re also using black beans in this for extra fiber, as well as additional protein. If you did a nutritional comparison to ordinary cornbread you’d be pleasantly surprised that this is higher in protein and fiber, and lower in calories and carbs.
6. Coconut Breakfast Quinoa
The maker of this recipe came up for it because it was too hot to make anything else. If you’re in a situation where you really don’t feel like turning on the oven just to have breakfast, here’s your solution. This is using Quinoa as a base for other delicious and nutritious foods, namely fruits and coconut milk. This is nice because the Quinoa will act as your protein, the coconut milk contains healthy fats, and the fruit will give it sweetness. You end up with a balanced breakfast full of plenty of superfoods, and none other than Quinoa as the star.
7. Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Breakfast Cake
It typically turns out well when you start combining delicious foods that also happen to be good for you. That’s what’s happening here, and she’s figured out a way to take two foods that you might not usually see combined, and bring them together in cake form for you to enjoy at the start of your day. If you’re in a hurry there’s a microwave option provided, but if you’re having a slower-paced day you can pop this in the oven for best results. The ingredients are simple enough, and with the addition of chia seeds you’re getting a great mix of foods.
8. Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
If you like Quinoa as well as rhubarb, this is the concoction you might have thought of on your own if given enough time. It’s super simple as far as ingredients go, but the resulting taste makes you think it would be much harder. It creates a sort of oatmeal out of the Quinoa, although no oats are used so you’re missing out on the trace amounts of wheat found in many oatmeals out there, making this a gluten-free breakfast for you. The rhubarb sauce is something that you could make in larger quantities and keep on hand for use on other foods as well as this.
9. Banana Quinoa Waffles
These waffles turn out looking so good you could serve them to your kids and they might not even notice that they’re special. The specialness comes from the Quinoa of course, and with the cinnamon and nutmeg present you’re getting the classic flavor of a hearty waffle, packed with the goodness that Quinoa provides. Imagine a waffle infused with protein and fiber, as well as being nutrient-dense. It’s not your typical breakfast fare, and you can feel good about serving them to your family. Using organic maple syrup helps to avoid adding High Fructose Corn Syrup to the mix.
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