Quinoa Recipe with Almond and Pistachio

Fatoor, Iftar, Ramadan Iftar Ideas

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 Recipe

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,

Cooking Method:

How to cook Quinoa?

In a small pot add Quinoa and 2 cups of water and a small pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes, until the water is all absorbed.

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.

Quinoa Recipe


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?

If you are here and trying to add Quinoa to your everyday diet, I bet you are trying to manage your weight, or diabetes, or Gluten Intolerance. Do not forget to check out this other post - Easiest Way To Lose Weight.

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Slimming Morning Drink

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Quick Jaljeera Anyone?

If there is just one thing you must do to lose weight i would say this would be it.

​This is such an amazing, refreshing and wonderful drink that not only wakes you up early morning but also helps kickstart your metabolism to burn those fat cells that you are struggling to get rid of.

Are you able to make this early morning and drink it up.

All the ingredients are carefully chosen to get you an additional boost to whatever diet you are following on your weightloss journey.

Before starting this drink, remember to weigh yourself.

And then weigh again after a week to see if it boosted your weightloss, or helped you break the stall.


  • ​Juice from 1 Lime or Lemon
  • ​A 8 Oz. Glass of Filtered water
  • ​1/2  tsp Cumin Powder
  • ​1/2  tsp Black Salt (or sea salt, rock salt)
  • ​1/4  tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ​1 to 2 Tbsp Honey 
  • ​(​Optional) few mint leaves


  • 1
    ​Warm Water in microwave for 1 minute
  • 2
    ​Crush few mint leaves in a herb mill or a mortar and pestle and add to the warm water
  • 3
    ​Add Lime/Lemon juice, Cumin powder, Black Salt, Cayenne Pepper and Honey and stir well
  • 4
    ​Drink Immediately upon waking up first thing in the morning