Hi Everyone! Happy Weekend! Since lots of people made new year’s resolutions (including me) about a healthier diet, I wanted to share these three quinoa breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas with you today! I didn’t make a new year’s resolution about losing weight or sticking to a special diet; I’ve done that for years and found it never really lasts for me. Instead, what I’m trying to focus on is a healthier lifestyle, feeding my body the right way and breaking unhealthy habits. I cut sugar out of my diet for twenty-one days this January (that is, desserts and all sugary treats and drinks, I still eat fruit and other things that naturally contain sugar) and it’s been both difficult as well as eye-opening. I realized just how addicting sugar is, and how much of my sugar-eating is out of habit, or boredom. I got so used to eating chocolate while sitting on the couch watching a movie in the evening, that I didn’t even realize how much of a habit it had become. Now, I’m not going to give sugar up forever because, frankly, I like dessert too much, and I love to bake! But I am going to watch how much of it I eat, and limit all that mindless eating! So keeping with the healthier eating theme, here are some ideas for how to incorporate quinoa into any of your daily meals! Whenever I’ve limited my diet to mostly just vegetables, I’ve felt so hungry all day, but quinoa is a great way to make a light meal more hearty and satisfying!
Quinoa Breakfast Bowl (recipe HERE)
This is a seriously hearty breakfast that will keep you full for a couple of hours at least, and will give you a great start to your day! You can make this quinoa bowl with whatever you like – I like to add some fresh fruit (berries are my favorite), yogurt and nuts to mine, but you could add whatever else you like. Other fruit and nuts, dried fruit, Greek yogurt, cinnamon…. whatever you like!
Kale Salad with Quinoa, Pomegranate Seeds and Roasted Butternut Squash (recipe HERE)
I love big, hearty salads for lunch and love adding in some quinoa, because it adds substance and makes a light salad more filling. This salad is filled with so many good things – baby kale, pomegranate seeds, chicken, roasted butternut squash and quinoa, of course! It’s so colorful and delicious, and one of my absolute favorites! For another great salad with quinoa, check out THIS one with spinach, butternut squash, walnuts & cranberries.
Kale & Fresh Corn Quinoa Patties (recipe HERE)
Quinoa patties like these or like THESE Cheesy Broccoli & Quinoa Patties (which are still one of my most popular recipes on the blog!) are a great quick & easy yet still healthy dinner option. You can use whatever vegetables you like in them, add in some cheese or herbs to keep them vegetarian, or add some shredded chicken or turkey (great way to use leftovers!) if you like. Serve them with a big salad or a light yogurt sauce on top for a light but satisfying dinner!
Cooking Quinoa Tips…
1. You can cook quinoa with milk instead of water to make it more creamy (but be very careful not to burn the milk!)
2. To give the quinoa more flavor cook it in chicken or vegetable stock – it will absorb all its flavor.
3. Serve it warm or cold in salads – if you serve it warm, it’ll soak up all the salad dressing flavors, making it extra flavorful!
Whether you’ve cooked quinoa many times or have yet to try it, I hope this has given you some new ideas for how to use it in your cooking! What’s your favorite way to use it? I would love to know! Please let me know what your favorite quinoa recipes are! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great rest of your day!
Happy Cooking, Everyone!