Quinoa Recipes, Benefits And Uses

Although Quinoa is classified as an Ancient Grain, it is actually not a grass grain but the seed from a flowering plant related to spinach and amaranth. When cooked Quinoa has a nutty flavour with a light and fluffy appearance, similar to couscous.

Nutritional Benefits Of Quinoa

Quinoa is naturally gluten free, high in protein and dietary minerals like magnesium, phosphorous and zinc. It is easily digested and easy to cook.

Because of its versatility of use and high protein concentration NASA selected Quinoa as one of its experimental crops for long duration human-occupied space flights and the UN proclaimed 2013 as the year of the quinoa to acknowledge the practices of th Andean people that have preserved the nutritious food source for future generations.

Where Is Quinoa From?

Quinoa is an ancient grain of the Aztecs in South America. It is still produced predominantly in South America although commercial cultivation in North America and Europe is growing.

Red and white quinoa grain in bowls

Common Quinoa Recipe Uses

Quinoa is versatile and can be used in cereals, porridges (on its own or mixed with other grains to form a multi-grain porridge), vegan burger patties, salads, smoothies, treats, snacks or as a substitute for barley or pasta to create gluten free dishes.

Cooked Quinoa

How To Cook Quinoa

Quinoa is really easy to cook and cooked in much the same way as rice.

  1. 2 cups of water to every 1 cup of quinoa to boil until a light fluffy texture.
  2. To get the famous nutty taste of quinoa you can fry the quinoa lightly in a dash of oil until you hear popping and crackling sounds. Once browned add water and boil.
  3. You can also add flavour to quinoa by adding onion flakes, salt and broth to the water.

Quinoa Recipes In Cooking, Baking And Snacks

Mixed Ancient Grain Porridge With Linseeds

By Roxanne | Aug 11, 2019

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Whole Grain, Gluten-Free Granola Recipe

By Roxanne | Jun 1, 2019

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Power-House Bean Salad With Raisins And Grains

By Roxanne | Jun 1, 2019

For those that like leaf-less salads this is a must. So easy to make with a unique sweet taste, this salad is the perfect salad for braais, light meals or side dishes. Beans in a salad add the punch of protein and nutrients, with a filling texture, while the surprise sweetness of the raisins means…

High Protein Mung Bean, Lentil, Quinoa Burger Patty Recipe With Egg

By Roxanne | May 10, 2019

It’s not easy to find a delicious and interesting vegetarian burger patty recipe but when you do it’s worth celebrating. This mung bean, lentil and quinoa recipe is an explosion of nutritional goodness and is incredibly tasty to boot! This recipe is perfect for the stovetop or skillet but doesn’t work so well on a…

Tasty And Easy Lentil And Mushroom Stew

By Roxanne | Feb 28, 2019

We LOVE stews and casseroles. So flavourful and nutritious, even the biggest meat eaters will enjoy these vegetarian recipes. Stews are a bit like soups in that you can throw everything in a pot and let it work it’s magic with minimal effort from your side. For busy people that believe in healthy, homemade foods…


Rissoles With Spinach And Chickpeas

By Roxanne | Oct 10, 2018

Looking for lunchbox ideas? Rissoles are a great recipe to have in your arsenal. They are a perfect lunchbox snack or can be served as a side dish, starter or part of the main meal. A great finger food for entertaining too! This recipe version can be made with quinoa, arborio rice or millet, depending…