Saturday, July 12, 2014

Two great quinoa recipes to try

I would like to share two very healthy and amazingly tasty recipes with you that  involve using quinoa as the main ingredient.  Quinoa can be a great substitute for rice or oatmeal, and can also make for a great side dish with your next salmon or chicken dinner.

These two recipes are great for a breakfast or a snack during the day.  The first one I have personally made for breakfast and is a simple way to eliminate using any kind of flour.  Don't be fooled, they taste awesome. So, if you are looking for a gluten-free option, this is also great for those who are gluten intolerant, and we all know there are lots of those these days.  The second recipe can make for a great healthy snack.

Quinoa Pancakes 
recipe from

1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 organic eggs
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (optional)
pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until mixed well.  Heat a skillet on medium heat and add some coconut oil.  Pour batter into pan to make 4" diameter pancake, (add frozen blueberries),  and cook for 2-3 minutes on one side.  Then flip and cook another 1-2 minutes on other side.  Serve with fresh blueberries and maple syrup.

Quinoa and Greek Yogurt Parfait
recipe from

1/2 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
3/4 cup nonfat plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1 tsp honey or agave nectar (optional for added sweetness)

Combine yogurt, vanilla and honey/agave nectar in a small bowl.  Then in an 8-12oz glass, layer ingredients beginning with yogurt, then quinoa, and then berries.  Repeat this layering for a second time.  It can be eaten immediately or served chilled (refrigerate up to 2 hours - which I did)

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