Benefits of Quinoa

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Did you know that there are many benefits of quinoa?  For instance…it’s a rich source of protein, iron, fiber, antioxidants and it contains a plethora of other beneficial phytonutrients?  It’s actually one of the most protein rich foods we can eat.  And it contains all 9 essential amino acids.  According to Livestrong – red quinoa has slightly less protein than the pale quinoa with 5 grams of protein per 1/4 cup compared to 7 grams of protein per 1/4 cup for the pale (or golden) quinoa.  But if you’re going for fiber – the red quinoa trumps the golden quinoa by providing more than double the amount of fiber per 1/4 cup with 5 grams of fiber, compared to the 2 grams of fiber that golden quinoa provides.

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I tend to incorporate quinoa into my diet a couple of times a week.  It can be made into a fabulous main dish or a worthy side dish for any meal, and can also be added to recipes in so many ways….such as

Kate’s Curried Coconut Quinoa Greens with Roasted Cauliflower

or these Crispy Black Bean Quinoa Burritos

or these Grilled Veggie Quinoa Tacos with Cilantro Pesto

or Bev’s Kidney Bean and Quinoa Soft Tacos

or these Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers (by yours truly)

and I’m dying to try this Quinoa Chicken Parmesan (which looks damn delicious)

and right about now, I could go for a big bowl of Kevin’s Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa!

As for these Healthy Peanut Butter Cups – (by yours truly) I need to make more of them!  My family absolutely LOVES them!!!

Looking for other ways to conveniently incorporate more quinoa into your diet…..just blend cooked quinoa with your morning smoothie, add it to salads, and toss into soups and chili.

Have a great Monday, friends!!

~ Deb

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