People aiming for a healthy lifestyle are unquestionably aware of the magical food ‘Quinoa’. For those who are new to the word – Quinoa is seeded from a plant which belongs to the goosefoot genus. Although it has been a staple food to the Bolivians for long, the health industry has discovered its wondrous effects in the recent years.
How does it help you bulge out those muscles? Well, well! These tiny grains happen to be a complete protein because it encumbers all the nine essential amino acids. It also helps your immune system to stay perfect and aid in weight loss by boosting your metabolism.
Now that you know the goodness of this grain here is how you could add them to your diet. Here are five recipes made from Quinoa that are tasty, healthy and high in nutritional value.
Recipe 1- Quinoa Tabbouleh
This is the quickest way to have Quinoa. You can have a bowl of appetizing Quinoa when you are looking for something quick and healthy.
- 1 cup Quinoa
- 3 medium tomatoes diced
- 1 big bunch of chopped green onion
- 1 cup of chopped parsley
- 2 carrots grated
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1/4cup lemon juice
- Salt to taste
- 2 cups water
Boil water in a pot and add some salt and Quinoa. Lower the heat, cover and cook the Quinoa for 15 minutes. Cool the cooked Quinoa at room temperature and fluff it with a fork to separate the grains.
In a bowl, combine tomatoes, carrots, green onion, cucumber, and parsley. Season with salt, lemon juice, olive oil and mix the salad. Finally, add the fluffed Quinoa and enjoy the yum salad!
Recipe 2- Greek Quinoa Salad Recipe
A refreshing salad perfect to have after an intense workout!
- 1 1/2 cups Quinoa
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1/3 cup chopped parsley
- 1 onion diced
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
In a pot boil the vegetable broth and cook the Quinoa with a pinch of salt. Cover for 15 minutes and cook on low heat, give it an occasional stir. Let it cool and then fork it up.
Combine lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and olive oil and set aside.
In a bowl toss onion, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, and Quinoa. Pour the salad, dressing over this mixture and add salt and pepper according to taste. Top it off with the crumbled feta cheese and enjoy this scrumptious fresh and healthy dish.