My awesome Sister-in-law Deenie gave me this book ^ for Christmas this past year. Just now I have been starting to get into it- there are SO MANY AMAZING things I didn't know you could do with quinoa! But for starters I have just been trying to figure out how to use it when making a big batch of it... then I will go on to the complicated stuff. I am always learning little by little... :)
Quinoa is not considered to be part of the Whole30 diet or Paleo diet but I think its an awesome 'superfood' that gives me added protein and fiber that fills me up. I feel good eating it 1-2 times a week! Here's how I managed to use up a big batch of cooked tri-color quinoa:
- BREAKFAST - QUINOA: "OVER-NIGHT OATMEAL" - Simple substitute for G-free Rolled Oats if you want more protein! I love overnight oats so this was good but not the same as my Trader Joe's G-free rolled oats! The night before I put 1/2 a scoop of Jay Robb's Chocolate GMO free protein, 1/4 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup water, 1 TBS Chia seeds, 1 TBS Ground Flax seed, + 1/2 cup cooked Quinoa and shook it up. I added my Coco-nutty Granola I made when I ate it in the morning & it was delicious! You could add yogurt to make it more creamy I suppose but the chia seeds absorb the millk and are yogurt-ish.
- LUNCH - "QUINOA SPRING SALAD" - Spinach, Kale, shredded broccoli stalk + carrots, roasted butternut squash chunks, pearl tomatoes, a few greek olives, shredded organic chicken, quinoa + splash of red wine vinegar! Salads = make them up however you like!
- DINNER - "QUINOA CHICKEN SALAD" - 2 cups cook quinoa, 1 1/2 cups shredded organic chicken, half cucumber diced, 2 celery stalks diced, 1 small green apple diced, 1/4 cups chopped pecans, paprika + S + P to taste, 3 TBS Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Mayo (35 calories a tbs!) (or make your own!) Mix it all together + add more seasoning if you want- Eat on a bed of fresh greens!
I'm looking forward to trying more complicated recipes from this book!