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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.

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

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

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      3. Baked Taquitos

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

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        4. Greek Quinoa and Avocado Salad

        A quick meatless main dish recipe.

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          5. Curried Red Lentil Soup with Chickpeas and Quinoa

          A hearty soup with protein and calcium.

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

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

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              7. Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

              These Asian-inspired wraps area  great alternative to chicken.

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                8. Quinoa Coconut Cacao No Bake Bars

                Easy to make and a chocolatey gluten-free decadent treat

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                  9. Clean Eating Quinoa Tortillas

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

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                    10. Spinach and Mushroom Quinoa Recipe

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

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                      11. Mexican Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

                      A creamy dish for dinner full of protein.

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                        12. Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa

                        Like mac and cheese without the gluten.

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                          13. Quinoa Cakes with Spinach and Goat Cheese

                          For a great party appetizer with a dip.

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                            14. Almond Butter Curry Sauce with Veggies

                            A creamy, dreamy Thai inspired dish.

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                              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.

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                                17. Sesame Quinoa Spring Rolls

                                A light summer appetizer.

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                                  18. Quinoa-Baked Vegan Zucchini Fries

                                  Fries without the guilt!

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                                    19. Apple Carrot Quinoa Chili

                                    A heart-warming chili with a sweet finish.

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                                      20. 5-Minute Hot Quinoa Cereal

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

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

                                        Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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                                        Last Updated on July 18, 2019

                                        10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

                                        10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

                                        Your house is more than just a building that you live in. It should be a home that makes you feel welcome as soon as you open the front door.

                                        Making your house feel like a home is not something that simply happens on its own. You need to make some changes to a house when you move in, to give it that cozy, warm feeling that turns it into a true home. To help you speed the process, follow this guide to 10 small changes to make your house feel like a home.

                                        1. Make the Windows Your Own

                                        When you move into a home, they often come with boring Venetian blinds or less than attractive curtains.

                                        One of the best ways you can instantly warm your home and make it showcase your style is to add some new window dressing. Adding beautiful curtains not only improves your home’s appearance, but it can also help to control the temperature.

                                        2. Put up Some Art

                                        If you have a lot of bare walls in your home, it will seem sterile no matter how beautiful your paint or wallpaper is.

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                                        Hanging art on the walls will instantly give it personality and make it feel like home.

                                        3. Improve the Aroma

                                        A house that is not filled with inviting smells will never feel like a home. There are loads of ways you can make your home smell nice. There are tons of air fresheners on the market you can use.

                                        Incense and scented candles are a nice option as well. Don’t forget that baking in a home is also a great way to fill it with an aroma that instantly smells like home as soon as you open the front door.

                                        4. Put out Lots of Pillows and Throws

                                        A great way to make your home look warm and inviting is to place lots of pillows and throws out on the furniture. It is much better to have too many pillows than not enough.

                                        There is nothing like the feeling of sinking into a cushiony pillow that feels like a cloud to make you feel like you are at home.

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                                        5. Instantly Class up Your Closet

                                        If your closet is filled with wire or plastic hangers, it will never truly feel homey. To instantly make your closet feel classy, change out your old hangers for wooden ones.

                                        Not only do they look great, but they are better for hanging your clothes as well.

                                        6. Improve Your Air Quality

                                        One of the most overlooked ways to make your house feel more like a home is to improve its air quality.

                                        The easiest and best way to upgrade the air quality in your home is to change the old, dirty filters in your furnace regularly. Get some air filters delivered to your home so that you always have some on hand.

                                        7. Fill it with Plants

                                        Another way to improve the air quality in your home is to fill it with plants. You should have plants in every room of your home.

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                                        They help to improve the air quality and they look beautiful. As well as making your home appear homier, plants also help to boost your mood and lower your stress levels.

                                        8. Change the Doorknobs

                                        Most people don’t really give their doorknobs a second thought unless they are broken. That is a shame because changing your doorknobs is an easy way to add personality to your home.

                                        Changing your old, boring doorknobs to new ones that are works of art will instantly brighten your home.

                                        9. Upgrade Your Tub or Shower

                                        There is nothing like luxuriating in a whirlpool bath or steam shower to make the cares of the day melt away. Your family deserves a bit of luxury when they are in their bathroom.

                                        Install a new shower or tub today to make your bathroom worthy of a place in your home.

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                                        10. Fresh Cut Flowers

                                        You can make any room in your house feel homier by placing a vase full of beautiful flowers in it. The gorgeous look and intoxicating aroma of fresh cut flowers will immediately brighten your day when you encounter them.

                                        You don’t have to make all these changes at once. Try one or two a day though, and your house will feel like a home before you know it. The trick is to constantly keep adding these homey touches to make your home a place worthy of its name.

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