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12 Can’t-Miss Quinoa Recipes

12 Can’t-Miss Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa is one of those in vogue super foods that seem to be everywhere at the moment. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is incredibly healthy and super tasty. Unfortunately, a lot of quinoa on the market is unethically sourced from South America where farmers aren’t necessarily paid a fare wage for their crops. With that in mind, make sure you buy fair trade quinoa, and then try some of these amazing quinoa recipes.

1. Mango and Quinoa Parfait

    I believe in getting excited about my breakfast. As someone who used to frequently skip the first meal of the day, I found this didn’t happen once I was enthusiastic about the food in question. This parfait would certainly inspire even the most fervent non-breakfast eater to partake.

    2. Quinoa Porridge

      The perfect winter staple, particularly for anyone that can’t have traditional porridge due to gluten intolerance or the like.

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      3. Vegan Quinoa Mac N Cheese

        This recipe is a fantastic alternative for those of us who are health conscious or vegan.

        4. Salmon with Moroccan Quinoa and Quail Eggs

          This is a bit on the fancy side, which makes it perfect for dinner parties or special occasions.

          5. Walnut Pear Salad with Quinoa and Sweet Potato

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            This salad combines incredibly delicious flavours with simplicity. The dressing is made from an easy combination of apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar–each of these ingredients add to the general healthiness of the salad itself. Great for a quiet lunch or to take to a dinner party.

            6. Quinoa Crusted Chicken Fingers

              This recipe is great for adults and kids alike. It’s also good for people who have a gluten intolerances and don’t want to miss out on the tastiness that is chicken fingers–simply leave out the breadcrumbs. To make it healthier, use cold pressed olive oil or simply bake them in the oven instead.

              7. Squash Boats with Quinoa Filling

                I adore this recipe because it allows me to indulge in something that’s still relatively uncommon in Australia–using squash/pumpkins in sweet recipes. This is incredibly filling, so I definitely recommend sharing.

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                8. Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

                  I love this breakfast bowl because it’s incredibly versatile. You can remove the egg if you prefer it to be vegan, or add bacon if you’re pro eating meat. You can do whatever you want with this and it will still be delish.

                  9. Whole Wheat Banana Quinoa Pancakes

                    Who said that pancakes must be unhealthy? You can make these even healthier by substituting the flour for almond meal and the sugar for honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar. Or simply add berries to the mixture to naturally sweeten them.

                    10. Strawberry-Banana Quinoa Smoothie

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                      I love smoothies. You can’t really go wrong by combining banana and strawberry. Quinoa helps to make it all the more filling.

                      11. Quinoa and Cauliflower Patties

                        These vegetarian-friendly patties make for a lovely lunch on a bed of salad, or even on a burger bun if you’re after something a little bit more substantial. I’d recommend pairing it with tzatziki.

                        12. Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

                          I know that none of us really think ‘healthy’ when it comes to chocolate chip cookies, but considering this recipe. The ingredients used here are as healthy as you can make them. Besides, we all need to live just a little.

                          Featured photo credit: Quinoa via alterecofoods.com

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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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