3 Creative Quinoa Recipes to Liven Up Your Whole Grains

3 Creative Quinoa Recipes to Liven Up Your Whole Grains

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If you are trying to up your healthy stakes, you may find that you are trying to cut out white carbohydrates from your diet. White rice, white bread, white crackers and so on all contain simple carbohydrates that instantly break down to sugar in your body. While this gives you an instant boost of energy, it does not keep your full for very long, leaving you wanting to snack a few moments later. In this case, you are probably looking for more healthy alternatives for your diet.

Quinoa has introduced itself to the Western world in the last couple of years, becoming quite a popular healthy staple in people’s diets. Originally a staple in South America, this healthy whole grain is high in iron and magnesium as well as dietary fiber, keeping you fully for longer. But how do you spruce it up to give it a little more flavor, instead of being a boring lump of brown on your plate?

For breakfast

preview-full-stellar-quinoa-burgerQuinoa is a versatile food product that can be served both sweet and savory. One excellent way is to serve it for breakfast as a nice, healthy porridge alternative to oats. To make 4 servings, try mixing together 1.5 cups of almond milk and 1 cup of uncooked quinoa in a medium saucepan. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon, a spoonful of honey, and a dash of almond extract with a pinch of salt. Bring to boil and then cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Place in a bowl with the juice of a lemon and a sprinkle of antioxidant-rich blueberries.

Pancakes

This pancake recipe is great for breakfast and dinner and is full of nutrients and fiber to help you stay fuller for longer. To make 8 pancakes, boil a pan of water and then add ¾ cup of uncooked quinoa, 2 garlic crushed cloves, and salt. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Put the mixture in a large bowl and add 2 egg whites, ½ a cup of parmesan cheese, 10 leaves of chopped basil and a sprinkle of pepper. Measure ¼ cup of the mixture for each pancake and fry them for 2 minutes on each side using olive oil. Transfer to the oven and bake for 5 minutes.

Risotto with Hazelnuts

preview-full-heathers_quinoaA great recipe for introducing probiotics, proteins, and fats, this makes a solid dinner to keep you full. For 6 servings, bring 6 cups of water to boil containing 2 sprigs of thyme, a pinch of salt, and a bay leaf. When boiled, at 1.5 cups of quinoa, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. In a separate medium-size sauté pan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and fry 1.5 cups of sweet onion. Add the quinoa and cook for 2 minutes. Add the warm water from the quinoa pan ½ a cup at a time, making sure it is absorbed before adding the next cup. Stir in 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar. Spoon the risotto on to plates and add a dollop of Greek yogurt on top and sprinkle with hazelnuts.

The great thing about quinoa is that it can be used in place of rice or oats, making it a great addition to any breakfast or dinner. Equally, it works as a good flour, can be made into burgers, and is an excellent fibrous addition to salads. It can even be used to make cookies and muffins. If you are trying to drop the pounds, adding quinoa to your diet, supplemented with a natural remedy like Flat Belly, you will be well on your way to dietary success.