Advertising
Advertising

20 Quinoa Recipes To Keep You Healthy Every Day

20 Quinoa Recipes To Keep You Healthy Every Day

If you are trying to eat cleaner and healthier, or giving up gluten, wheat, or breads, you may be looking for more creative things to do with one of the healthiest grains around — Quinoa! It is filling, nutrient-dense, and a well-balanced food, which is technically not a grain, but is a seed from the Goosefoot fruit. It still has higher carbohydrates, but if you are seeking quick energy, the protein balances out the carbohydrate, making for quicker absorption of nutrients.

Quinoa is considered an “ancient grain,” eaten by the Incan empire as a sacred food. It’s also a superfood, and is one of the highest protein grains around. It is not so much of a grain, as a seed, so it is lower in carbohydrates for those eating low-carb or low-glycemic diets. It is even suitable, according to NASA, to be able to be grown in space!

It is high in amino acids, containing all 8 amino acids necessary for your body to function at an optimal level. Amino acids help heal wounds and repair connective tissue, making it a great post-workout food, both to help build muscle and for recovery.

Quinoa is a great food for diabetics or those with high blood sugar, as it is low on the glycemic index. It takes the place of grains like rice and pasta, and has a nutty flavor and a rich texture.

Rice bowls and rice pastas are gluten-free but can be sticky when served cold, as in pasta salads. Quinoa holds up well, both in cold and hot dishes, and is so much healthier for you than rice or pasta. It is not only low in fat, and cholesterol-free, but it contains 18 grams of protein per serving. Take that rice!

Also, if you are a vegan or vegetarian, quinoa is an excellent way to get your iron, magnesium, and fiber. Delicious …  AND nutritious.

1. Quinoa patties

Eat these plain, or on top of a salad. They can be frozen and reheated easily.

quinoa-patties-vegetarian

    2. Roasted Cauliflower, Mushroom,  and Goat Cheese Quiche with Quinoa Crust

    Who knows filling flour when you can use a superfood instead?

    Advertising

    Roasted Cauliflower, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Quiche with Quinoa Crust 800 4272

      3. Baked Taquitos

      These little bundles of comfort food use quinoa as the “meat.”

      Baked-Taquitos-with-a-quinoa-meat-filling-683x1024

        4. Greek Quinoa and Avocado Salad

        A quick meatless main dish recipe.

        greek-quinoa-and-avocado-salad-R107156-ss

          5. Curried Red Lentil Soup with Chickpeas and Quinoa

          A hearty soup with protein and calcium.

          Curried Red Lentil Soup with Chickpeas and Quinoa 500

            6. Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Avocado, and Cumin-Lime Dressing

            Great to bring as a dish to a summer potluck dinner.

            Advertising

            015-410x307

              7. Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

              These Asian-inspired wraps area  great alternative to chicken.

              Quinoa-Lettuce-Wraps-200x300

                8. Quinoa Coconut Cacao No Bake Bars

                Easy to make and a chocolatey gluten-free decadent treat

                Snack-Bar3

                  9. Clean Eating Quinoa Tortillas

                  You will need a tortilla press for this one, but make your own low carb tortillas.

                  clean-eating-quinoa-tortillas-v-1

                    10. Spinach and Mushroom Quinoa Recipe

                    A simple and healthy quinoa bowl for any time of day.

                    14432344194_54f1a145b8_b

                      11. Mexican Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

                      A creamy dish for dinner full of protein.

                      Advertising

                      mexican-quinoa-salad-creamy-avocado-dressing-1

                        12. Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa

                        Like mac and cheese without the gluten.

                        Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa 500 4620

                          13. Quinoa Cakes with Spinach and Goat Cheese

                          For a great party appetizer with a dip.

                          3346480105_e2fa414510

                            14. Almond Butter Curry Sauce with Veggies

                            A creamy, dreamy Thai inspired dish.

                            Rama-Broccoli@2x

                              16. Coconut Quinoa Bowl Recipe

                              I was just cooked this for dinner the other night and it was incredible! Healthy, great texture, and great nutrition.

                              Advertising

                              coconut_quinoa_bowl_recipe

                                17. Sesame Quinoa Spring Rolls

                                A light summer appetizer.

                                quinoaspringroll-682x1024

                                  18. Quinoa-Baked Vegan Zucchini Fries

                                  Fries without the guilt!

                                  Baked-Zucchini-Fries-1-682x1024

                                    19. Apple Carrot Quinoa Chili

                                    A heart-warming chili with a sweet finish.

                                    Optimized-quinoachili-2

                                      20. 5-Minute Hot Quinoa Cereal

                                      Other gluten-free hot cereals you have to let sit over night, but not this one.

                                      5-minute-hot-quinoa-cereal4-640x604

                                        Are there are recipes using quinoa that you’d recommend? Tell us in the comments!

                                        Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

                                        More by this author

                                        Bridget Baker

                                        Web Presence Sherpa

                                        If You Think Bread Is Always Healthy For You, Think Again 10 Habits Of People Who Can Always Generate Great Ideas 10 Easy Ways to Rise Earlier Than Anyone Else 8 Benefits Of Being A Minimalist 10 Ways To De-Clutter, Simplify, and Streamline Your Life

                                        Trending in Food and Drink

                                        1 10 Brain Vitamins for Enhanced Brain Power 2 25 Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas to Energize Your Day 3 15 Healthy Recipes for Dinner (For Fast Weight Loss) 4 20 Easy Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss 5 The Best Refreshing Morning Routine: Have a Vegan Breakfast

                                        Read Next

                                        Advertising
                                        Advertising
                                        Advertising

                                        Last Updated on May 28, 2020

                                        How to Overcome Boredom

                                        How to Overcome Boredom

                                        Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

                                        I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

                                        If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

                                        What is Boredom?

                                        We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

                                        You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

                                        Advertising

                                        It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

                                        If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

                                        When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

                                        Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

                                        If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

                                        Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

                                        Advertising

                                        Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

                                        In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

                                        It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

                                        Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

                                        Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

                                        Advertising

                                        In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

                                        3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

                                        1. Get Focused

                                        Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

                                        You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

                                        Here are a few ideas:

                                        • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
                                        • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
                                        • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

                                        2. Kill Procrastination

                                        Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

                                        Advertising

                                        So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

                                        Here are some ideas:

                                        • Do some exercise.
                                        • Read a book.
                                        • Learn something new.
                                        • Call a friend.
                                        • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
                                        • Do a spring cleaning.
                                        • Wash the car.
                                        • Renovate the house.
                                        • Re-arrange the furniture.
                                        • Write your shopping list.
                                        • Water the plants.
                                        • Walk the dog.
                                        • Sort out your mail & email.
                                        • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

                                        3. Enjoy Boredom

                                        If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

                                        Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

                                        So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

                                        Final Thoughts

                                        Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

                                        More Tips on Overcoming Boredom

                                        Featured photo credit: Johnny Cohen via unsplash.com

                                        Reference

                                        Read Next