What do I do with Quinoa?


Do you look at Quinoa wile shopping and wonder what the heck is this and what the heck do I do with it?

Yea well I was one of those people too. What I learned is with anything in life you need to “lean in” to it. Leaning in means taking slow steps towards your goal.

When it comes to food I advise people to take on one food item at a time. Here are my “Lean in” steps.

  • Learn how to cook it in a simple way. Maybe just saute it to start off.
  • Find practical ways of implementing it into your diet. Maybe you’ll throw it into your salad.
  • Find a variety of recipes to experiment with.
  • Get so comfortable with using it you can give others advice about it.

Then, move onto the next food item you want to learn about.

This week we are going to lean into The Mother grain.

First I want to explain to you why you should incorporate this grain into your diet.

  • 2-3 servings can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer & obesity
  • It’s a whole grain. Referred to as the mother grain.
  • It’s a complete protein
  • It’s naturally gluten free
  • Contains iron
  • Vitamin B, E
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Fiber
  • Potassium

As you can see this small grain is packed with big benefits. 

Red, White & black Quinoa
Red, White & black Quinoa

Quinoa comes in many colors. Black, Tan & Red. The lighter one is a bit more softer.

It’s easier than you think to incorporate into your diet. Here are some simple & practical ways to incorporate this powerhouse grain into your diet.

  • Sprinkle some cooked quinoa on your salad
  • Add a cup to your favorite soup
  • Blend it in a smoothie
  • Add it to your favorite meatloaf recipe
  • Toss it with some salsa for a quick salad
  • Add some to your favorite cookie recipe
  • Use your imagination
Quinoa salad
Quinoa salad

                  Here is a simple & delicious salad from damndelicious.net 

Quinoa chili
Quinoa chili

   Chili is another great way to get quinoa into your diet in a simple delicious way

Check out this recipe by acouplecooks.com

Quinoa cookies
Quinoa cookies

What better way to eat the Mother grain than in cookies. Check out this recipe by simplyquinoa.com 

chicken soup with quinoa
chicken soup with quinoa

 A delicious soup can easily be boosted into a protein power house. Check out this lime chicken soup recipe by ifoodreal.com


Quinoa smoothie
Quinoa smoothie

Last but not least a simple & delicious smoothie by myfussyeater.com

If your wondering how to cook quinoa you’ll be surprised at how easy it is. Read this post by The Pioneer Woman and see how easy it is to cook.

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