Quinoa is quickly replacing many popular grains as a protein-rich, healthier alternative. It’s gluten-free, vegetarian-friendly and very versatile. In fact, many people are replacing their morning oatmeal with quinoa recipes that include fresh fruits and sweet spices. If you aren’t familiar with quinoa, it is a seed that was originally from the Andean region of South America. It has a very mild, nutty flavor which is why it is usually used in place of rice or couscous. When it comes to nutrition, it is high in protein, has many beneficial amino acids and is a great source of fiber. See if one of these recipes piques your quinoa interest:
Cheesy Chili Quinoa Casserole: A quinoa casserole is a great alternative to traditional casseroles that often use high-fat ingredients. This spicy variety gets an added kick with paprika, chili powder, chipotle chili in adobo sauce, and garlic. Top it off with diced turkey bacon and cheddar cheese, and this is one casserole that is sure to be an instant family favorite. (via Cooking Quinoa)
Chicken and Quinoa Mac and Cheese: Your kids (and you) are going to flip for this skinny version of mac and cheese. No more noodles or macaroni in this one. It’s all quinoa along with some chicken, cheddar cheese and even some hot sauce. Don’t be surprised if you have to double the recipe next time when there is none left over to enjoy. (via Mrs January)
Quinoa Pilaf: Who needs rice when you have quinoa? This zucchini and lemon recipe includes mint, making it both zesty and tasty. You will absolutely love the flavor and the quick cook time. (via Family Spice)
With all its healthful benefits and versatility, you could be making endless quinoa recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And because it is packed with protein and other important nutrients, you don’t have to worry that you and your family are not eating a healthy meal…despite the fact that it sometimes tastes like dessert!