3 Quinoa Recipes: Very Veggie, Avocado & Lime and Fruity Breakfast

So you’ve decided to try quinoa. What can you do with it? A better question might be””what can’t you do with it?! Quinoa is a versatile grain-like “seed” that cooks up light and fluffy, with a slightly nutty, mild flavor. It can be used just like rice, as a side dish or combined with other ingredients to create a pilaf or even a main course. I like to make a couple of cups at a time and use my cooked quinoa in various recipes throughout the week. Here are a few of my favorites.

A light and colorful lunch, this Very Veggie Quinoa dish can be made with chopped or diced vegetables of your choice. Click here to buy organic quinoa at Vitacost.

Very Veggie Quinoa

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup diced green beans or snow peas
2 diced carrots
1 diced cucumber
1/2 diced pepper (use red for color)
1 diced tomato
Handful chopped fresh parsley
Juice from 1 or 2 lemons, or 2 Tbsp. jarred lemon juice
Flavor boost, I use 1 diced garlic clove and a little grated ginger
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt

Directions

1. In a medium bowl, combine quinoa and veggies including parsley.

2. With a whisk or submersion blender, combine lemon juice, garlic, ginger, salt, pepper and olive oil. pour on mixture and combine. Chill before serving.

 

No time to squeeze limes? Buy Santa Cruz Organic Lime Juice at Vitacost.

Avocado & Lime Quinoa

Ingredients
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 avocado cubed
2 diced green onions
2 Tbsp. lime juice
Handful of chopped cilantro
Dash of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
(Optional: Diced tomatoes, butter beans, other cooked/diced veggies of choice)

Directions
1. Mix together all ingredients and toss gently to combine.

 

A combination of dried and fresh fruit make a naturally sweet Breakfast Quinoa.

Fruity Breakfast Quinoa

Ingredients
1 cup cooked quinoa
2 Tbsp. seeds hulled sunflower, chia, etc.)
5 Tbsp. combination dried fruits (chopped blueberries, apricots, cranberries, figs, and/or raisins)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cups your favorite milk (cow, goat, almond, flax or soy)
Optional: 1 Tbsp. natural sweetener of choice (honey , maple syrup, agave)

Directions
1. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over low to medium heat until quinoa has absorbed all of the liquid. Quick tip: I like to serve with a little more milk poured on top.

 Dana Zucker is a home cook that likes to do it her way! She gets creative with nutritious ingredients to keep her active family””teenage twins and a vegan, triathlete husband””healthy and happy. Cooking with organic, local and whole food ingredients is key, whether she’s whipping up an early-morning breakfast, prepping afterschool snacks or getting dinner on the table at 10 p.m. Dana says, “We do eat out sometimes, and even cheat with some pre-made foods. But I try to balance making delicious foods with the reality of a busy schedule.” Dana’s recipes are a great starting point to find a style of cooking that works for your family. Her advice? Keep it real””and keep it easy!

Dana Zucker

Dana Zucker is a home cook that likes to do it her way! She gets creative with nutritious ingredients to keep her active family””teenage twins and a vegan, triathlete husband””healthy and happy. Cooking with organic, local and whole food ingredients is key, whether she’s whipping up an early-morning breakfast, prepping afterschool snacks or getting dinner on the table at 10 p.m. Dana says, “We do eat out sometimes, and even cheat with some pre-made foods. But I try to balance making delicious foods with the reality of a busy schedule.” Dana’s recipes are a great starting point to find a style of cooking that works for your family. Her advice? Keep it real””and keep it easy!

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Dana Zucker is a home cook that likes to do it her way! She gets creative with nutritious ingredients to keep her active family””teenage twins and a vegan, triathlete husband””healthy and happy. Cooking with organic, local and whole food ingredients is key, whether she’s whipping up an early-morning breakfast, prepping afterschool snacks or getting dinner on the table at 10 p.m. Dana says, “We do eat out sometimes, and even cheat with some pre-made foods. But I try to balance making delicious foods with the reality of a busy schedule.” Dana’s recipes are a great starting point to find a style of cooking that works for your family. Her advice? Keep it real””and keep it easy!

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