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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!

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                                        Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

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