How to Make a Quinoa Salad

Posted on December 22, 2015Categories QuinoaTags ,
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Have you ever eaten a quinoa salad? If you are like most people you may or may not have ever even tried quinoa yet alone tried quinoa in a salad. However quinoa salads are really delicious and simple to prepare. You can get lots of ideas on how to cook quinoa from How to Cook Quinoa or my other blog post on The 500 Best Quinoa Recipes as well. Here are the basics of how to make a quinoa salad:

1. Cook some quinoa if you haven’t already. I recommend the white quinoa for making salads although the red quinoa can work really well also.

2. Let the quinoa cool down. While you can make a quinoa salad with hot quinoa, I personally prefer the taste of a cold quinoa salad. If you have the time, it is best to put the quinoa in a container and cool it down in the refrigerator over night. Otherwise if you are in a hurry you can put a cold ice pack underneath the container or you can add 1-2 ice cubes and let them melt to cool down the quinoa.

3. Decide what kind of ingredients you want to use. Do you want to make a vegan quinoa salad, or do you want to add meat? Personally I like both kinds however, I’ve found that chicken, and tuna are the best meats to use if you decide to use meat.
Some of my favorite ingredients to add include: tomatoes, celery, carrots, canned black olives, red onions, avocado and red or green peppers. If you can have cheese, then adding a little bit of pharmesan cheese or feta cheese works really well also. Other kinds of cheese do not work as well. You can also add in some cooked broccoli or spinach although I personally prefer to stick with raw ingredients for most cold quinoa salads and to include cooked vegetables with meats with warm or hot quinoa and butter or olive oil.

4. You can also use quinoa to make a salad bar or pile ups for a dinner just like you would do with rice. You put the quinoa in a large bowl and the other ingredients in smaller bowls.

Have you ever made a quinoa salad? If so did you like it? What ingredients did you use? I’d love it if you’d share with me in the comments below.

The 5 Best Ways to Eat Quinoa

Posted on October 14, 2015November 18, 2015Categories QuinoaTags
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Do you eat quinoa? If not, you really should start eating quinoa on a regular basis. It’s really healthy for you and the purpose of this post isn’t to convince you why you should eat quinoa, but rather to talk about what I think are the five best ways to eat it.

1. In place of rice. Quinoa can replace rice in just about every dish there is. I’ve tried replacing quinoa in every dish where I used to use rice and so far I’ve never had a bad experience.

2. As a cereal. Quinoa cereal with coconut or almond milk, cinnamon, and honey or brown sugar is delicious.

3. As a salad. Quinoa makes a great base for a salad. You can then add in whatever you want, however, some of my favorite things include tuna, avocado, tomato, canned corn and red and green peppers.

4. In place of oats to create a granola. This works really well.

5. In place of pasta in soups. This works especially well with chicken and vegetables or tomato soup.

10 Easy Quinoa Recipes

Posted on February 12, 2014January 13, 2017Categories QuinoaTags ,
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Do you eat quinoa? I started eating it when I went gluten free and while it took me a bit to get used to the taste, now I love it. I’ve read a lot of blogs with quinoa recipes, found a lot of them on pinterest, and I even own a recipe book with 500 quinoa recipes, however I’ve noticed that too many of these quinoa recipes have a lot of ingredients or are quite complicated to cook. So here are ten of my favorite simple quinoa recipes.

You can use either white, read or black quinoa. It doesn’t matter. I use olive oil to cook the vegetables and meat or as a condiment after I’ve already mixed the cooked quinoa, with the vegetables and meat.

1. Quinoa, tuna, peas and olive oil. With this recipe I usually cook the peas either in a microwave or in a sauté pan and add them to the cooked quinoa and a can of tuna.

2. Quinoa, shrimp, and broccoli For this recipe I usually cook the shrimp and broccoli in olive oil and add it to the cooked quinoa.

3. Quinoa, chicken and broccoli For this recipe I cook the chicken and broccoli in olive oil.

4. Quinoa, tuna and broccoli. For this recipe I cook the broccoli separately from the quinoa and use one can of tuna.

5. Quinoa, chicken and zucchini. For this recipe I cook the chicken and zucchini together in olive oil.

6. Quinoa, chicken and green peppers. For this recipe I cook the chicken and green peppers in olive oil separately.

7. Quinoa, mushrooms, red and green peppers. For this recipe I cook the mushrooms, and red and green peppers separately.

8. Quinoa, zucchini, and yellow squash. For this recipe I cook the zucchini and yellow squash in olive oil and then add it to the cooked quinoa.

9. Quinoa, tuna and green beans. This is good with both canned green beans or frozen or fresh sautéed.

10. Quinoa, chicken and breen beans.

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