This Quinoa recipe is easy and delicious. It is also flexible and pretty much every thing goes. If you are on an elimination diet, trying to get rid of grains, gluten, beans Quinoa is an absolute perfect grain for the substitution.
According to this study the protein content of quinoa is higher than the most. It also has better distribution of essential amino acids. It can be used as an alternative to milk proteins. Quinoa also contains a high amount of essential fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, dietary fibers, and carbohydrates. It has beneficial hypoglycemic effects, so its great to eat if you have diabetes and trying to substitute for rice. Gluten Intolerant? Quinoa has got you. It is gluten-free as well.
Ingredients and Cooking Method: (Serves 4)
Quinoa: 1 cup, Chopped Pistachio and Almonds: 1/4 cup,
1 Cucumber, 1 Tomato, 1 Ripe Avocado, 1 Small Onion, 1 thinly chopped peppers (serrano or jalapeno) - Optional
1/4 cup chopped mint or 1/4 cup chopped cilantro for garnish
Squeeze of 1/2 lemon juice
Optional Additional Protein
Chicken Breast: 1 lbs, Marinate with Salt, Pepper, 1/2 tsp Turmeric, 1/4 Tsp cayenne pepper, a tsp minced garlic and a tsp of grated ginger and a squeeze of lime juice.
About a Tsp of Olive Oil to cook chicken,
How to cook Quinoa?
For the other ingredients, while the Quinoa is cooking.
Heat a non stick or cast iron pan on medium-high heat and roast the almonds and pistachios about 1-2 minutes. Set aside for use later.
Add Olive Oil to the pan and Cook the marinate chicken breast for about 3 minutes on each side. Cover and Let rest. Chop into bite size pieces. Add to a mixing bowl.
Dice the cucumber, tomato and Avocado in small bite sized cubes. Chop the Shallots, Peppers, Mint and Cilantro. Add to the mixing bowl. Squeeze the Lemon juice over it.
Once quinoa is cooked top with almond and pistachio. Add to mixing bowl. Add Mint and Cilantro and mix and Ready to serve or pack for Lunches.
Yet another Quinoa Recipe:
Any topping goes with Quinoa really. Here is another one to try. Cook the Quinoa same as above. 1 Cup Quinoa + 2 Cups Water. Cook for 20 minutes. Done.
Skip the Chicken, if you are vegan. Add peppers, mint, basil or other fresh herbs. Squeeze of Lemon Juice, Roasted Nuts. And A tsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil or another fat. Avocado will work too!
What are some other toppings you can add to make your boring Quinoa better?
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