I freely admit it: I’m having a love affair with quinoa.
That perfect little grain — so easy to make, so versatile, so useful for protein intake! I’ve started making a huge batch on the weekend and using it for meals throughout the week. All of these “recipes” take less than five minutes from start to finish.
Mac & Cheese, Quinoa-style
I take quinoa and melt a slice of havarti (or any other cheese) over the top, then mix to form a yummy, comfort-food quinoa-and-cheese. Sometimes I add broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms, or sliced up veggie hot dogs. Sometimes I mix in a tiny bit of spicy dijon mustard. There’s nothing you can’t do with this dish, and it hits the same emotional notes as mac-and-cheese.
Tried this one for the first time last night. I used a butter (or olive oil) in a pan and heated the quinoa with garlic, ginger, flax seeds (or sesame seeds!), red bell peppers, and soy sauce. Cracked an egg in and fried it all up, quick and tasty! I’m looking forward to experimenting with more veggies.
PB & M Quinoa
This has been a great breakfast or post-workout meal. Add some peanut butter and a tiny bit of maple syrup to quinoa. Just heat, stir, and eat! Bananas make an awesome addition, and I imagine you could use honey or agave instead of maple syrup. I’m considering mixing in some granola for added crunch.
Your turn! Hit me with your quick-and-easy quinoa concoctions, please!