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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 March 13, 2019

                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                          3. Upgrade yourself

                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                          4. Talk to a friend.

                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                          8. Have a quick nap.

                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                          10. Find some competition.

                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                          11. Go exercise.

                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                          12. Take a good break.

                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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