5 Quick Vegetarian Quinoa Recipes

Recipe 3- Quinoa Mexicana

Quinoa Mexicana
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Flavors of Mexico -corn, salsa, and jalapeno; lip-smacking aren’t they?

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 can black beans (organic preferably)
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1 onion diced small
  • 1 cucumber diced small
  • 1 large tomato diced small
  • 1 jalapeno chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro or coriander leaves chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt to taste

Method

Cook the Quinoa in two cups of boiling water for 15 minutes. Remember to cook it on low heat. Allow it to cool at room temperature and then fluff the cooked Quinoa with a fork.

In a large pan cook, the corn kernels and black beans for about 3 minutes or till the corn is tender. Add the Quinoa and salt to taste. Keep stirring till the Quinoa starts getting crunchy and dried. This should take you another 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the chickpeas, onion, tomato, jalapeno, cucumber, and cilantro or coriander.

Cool the dish for some time and before serving, fluff the Quinoa once again to enjoy an attractive and hearty meal.

Recipe 4- Spinach and Fruit Quinoa Salad

Spinach and fruit quinoa salad

The more colors you have on your plate the more healthy your meal is! Leafy, nutty, fruity – this bowl of Quinoa is a paradise of flavors.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 5 cups baby spinach
  • 1 large apple diced
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries/cherries/raisins
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped nuts (walnuts/almond/peanuts)
  • 3 green onions sliced thinly
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (apple cider, white balsamic)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin good olive oil
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt to taste

Method

Boil 2 cups of water in a deep pan and add Quinoa with a pinch of salt. Simmer the heat and cook the Quinoa for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool at room temperature and then fork the Quinoa to get its grainy texture.

In a bowl combine olive oil, vinegar and some salt; whisk and set aside.

Take a bigger bowl and add all the remaining ingredients – nuts, cherries, spinach, apple, thyme, and Quinoa. Pour the dressing on this mixture toss and you are ready to munch!

Recipe 5- Peachy Quinoa Porridge

Peachy Quinoa Porridge
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For those who have a sweet tooth – this recipe will not only satisfy your sweet cravings but is perfectly healthy. Weight-watchers indulge with a guilt-free conscious!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 25 g porridge oats
  • 2ripe peaches sliced
  • 250 ml almond milk
  • 4 pods of cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 250 ml water

Method

In a medium pan boil 250 ml water and add 100 ml of almond milk to it, stir and wait for 30 seconds. Now add Quinoa, porridge oats, and cardamom pods. Lower the heat and cook for 15 minutes, keep stirring occasionally.

Add the remaining almond milk and cook for another 5 minutes till the porridge is creamy in consistency.

Remove the pods of cardamom from the dish. Add fresh sliced peaches and a layer of maple syrup over the porridge before you serve.

Quinoa is a wonderful ingredient which can be experimented to create some mouth-watering dishes. Salads, main-course, smoothies, sweet dishes, breakfast, snacks or dinner recipes – sweet or salty, Quinoa is flexible with most of the ingredients. They are filling and will keep you energetic throughout the day.

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