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10 Quinoa Recipes That Will Change Your Mind About this Super Food

10 Quinoa Recipes That Will Change Your Mind About this Super Food

Quinoa: the seed with a name that’s hard for some people to pronounce (keen-wah). It’s very much like a grain, but is in fact a seed. Quinoa is touted as a super food, and for good reason! Vegans and vegetarians tend to keep stockpiles of quinoa in their pantries because it’s loaded with protein. According to CalorieCount, 1/3 of a cup of cooked quinoa has 160 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein.

It’s also gluten-free, which is a big bonus for people like me that are gluten intolerant. Quinoa is available in a variety of colors such as white, black, and red. Its texture is definitely unique—fluffy and airy—yet also similar to couscous and barley. The problem with quinoa is that when people try it for the first time they usually eat it plain, with no seasoning. So of course they don’t like it. To get the full benefit, it’s best to use it in recipes, like these:

1. Superfood Wrap

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    A gluten-free wrap that’s also completely vegan! This one’s for garbanzo bean lovers! It’s a wrap chock-full of super food: you get kale and sweet potato along with garbanzo beans and quinoa.

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    2. Quinoa Breakfast

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      This recipe gives you eggs and quinoa, which are both complete proteins, with avocado as a healthy fat source. You can’t go wrong with this combination! Eat it all by yourself or split it with your honey.

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      3. Blueberry-Pecan Quinoa Breakfast Bowl (It’s Paleo!)

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        Have you been missing morning cereal since you went gluten-free? This breakfast bowl will blow your mind and you’ll never think about that processed boxed cereal again. Blueberries, pecans, and coconut with your quinoa is an amazing combination!

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        4. Quinoa Porridge

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          This porridge gives you all totally natural ingredients. You can make it ahead of time and eat it all week long for breakfast! Sweeten the porridge with a couple of dates and a shredded apple.

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          5. Collard Green Quinoa Wraps with Chili Seed Mix

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            These delicious wraps are packed full of quinoa, seeds, avocado, salsa, red cabbage, a little cilantro, and lime. What a colorful, vitamin and mineral-packed raw treat! Take these on your next picnic.

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            6. Spice Up Your Quinoa, South-Indian Style!

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              A quinoa version of Upma (traditional Southern Indian dish). Mix up your quinoa experience with this meal! This meal combines black mustard seeds, grated fresh ginger, and green chilies, with peas, carrots and quinoa. Make sure you have an adventurous spirit for this recipe!

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              7. Enchilada Chicken and Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

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                Many quinoa recipes are designed with vegans in mind, so it’s rare to find any with meat in them. This one absolutely makes my mouth water. Quinoa, chicken, garlic, Mexican spices, and cheese… how could anyone resist?

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                 8. Quinoa Granola Bars

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                  This one’s great to make for your kids or for your next hike. Hit up the bulk bins of your local grocery store and stock up on cashews, almonds, coconut flakes, dried cherries, oats, flax seed, and of course quinoa. This recipe creates 16 bars for about the same price as 2 or 3 prepackaged trail mix bars.

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                  9. Chipotle Quinoa Sweet Potato Tacos with Roasted Cranberry Pomegranate Salsa

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                    Get ready for a total flavor explosion in your mouth! They’re a little spicy, a little sweet, very healthy, and one of the prettiest foods I have ever seen! These tacos may contain sweet potatoes and cranberries, but don’t wait for Thanksgiving to enjoy these little beauties!

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                    10. Quinoa Salad With Black Beans and Avocado

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                      A southwest-style cold salad with quinoa is a special touch. It’s quick to make and delicious to eat. This salad would be delicious served over tortilla chips (like nachos) or in a gluten-free tortilla wrap.

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                      Last Updated on November 17, 2019

                      20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

                      20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

                      Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

                      1. Make a gift bag.

                      A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

                      2. Give a toast.

                      Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

                      3. Write a poem.

                      “Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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                      4. Create your own labels.

                      There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

                      5. Give a gift card.

                      Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

                      6. Send a letter.

                      Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

                      7. Use social media to send a special message.

                      If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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                      8. Make your own digital greeting card.

                      While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

                      9. Make a YouTube video.

                      Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

                      10. Deliver cookies or candies.

                      Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

                      11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

                      There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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                      12. Put together a flower basket.

                      Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

                      13. Take a picture.

                      Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

                      14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

                      The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

                      15. Do something special for them.

                      Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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                      16. Reciprocate their help.

                      Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

                      17. Be there for them.

                      Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

                      18. Listen to them.

                      Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

                      19. Say it in another language…or two…

                      A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

                      20. Show them some love.

                      A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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