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Quinoa-Chia Seed Bread

This bread is Gluten-Free and Yeast Free. I had made a couple of loaves of this bread for a client who cannot have gluten or yeast. The quinoa is a great source of protein.

To make the bread is a two day process due to the soaking of the quinoa and chia seeds. The soaking time is hands off, so you do not have to feel like you have to sit and watch it do its thing. It is easy to mixx up – use your food processor. Also, it take 90 minutes to bake. Just set a timer and you can go about doing other things.

Soaking:

  • 1 3/4 c quinoa seed
  • 1/4 c chia seed
  • 1/2 c water

In a large bowl soak the quinoa in some cold water. Soak overnight in the refrigerator.

In a small bowl combine the chia seed and the 1/2 c water. Let the chia seed mixture soak in the refrigerator overnight as well.

Batter:

  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/4 c olive oil or apple sauce
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Preheat oven to 325 degrees (convection) or 350 degrees (conventional).

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

Drain the quinoa and rinse thoroughly using a sieve.

Place the quinoa into a food processor. Add the chia gel, water, olive oil or applesauce, baking soda, salt, and lemon juice.

Process quinoa mixture until it resembles a batter mixture.

Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan.

Bake for 90 minutes. I know that seems like a long time, but the bread needs time to cook and the quinoa to become tender.

Remove the bread from the oven and cool 30 minutes in the loaf pan. Then remove the bread from the pan and cool completely on a cooling rack. The bread should be moist in the center and crisp on the outside. Cool completely before e slicing.

Keep the bread wrapped in the refrigerator for up to a week. the bread freezes well for about 3 months.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Strawberry and Quinoa Spinach Salad

This salad is packed with lots of goodness. It has plenty of protein and different textures to delight the tastebuds. I had made a batch of quinoa and a batch of roasted chickpeas, which made assembly super simple.

Assemble salad and dress with the Strawberry-Vanilla Vinaigrette.

This recipe makes two servings.

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Quinoa Flatbread

I spent most of a day playing with this recipe to see how I liked it best. What I found out is it depended on what kind of mood I was in. Did I want crunchy or soft and chewy. I tried making them on the stovetop and in the oven.

The stovetop and the oven both produced soft and chewy. The oven produced crunchy, almost cracker like if I flipped them over and baked them a little longer. This recipe is fairly versatile in that case.

I made some plain crunchy flatbread for a client, and the soft and chewy for our home with a little seasoning. Whichever version you choose it will be tasty.

  • 1 c quinoa (white)
  • 1/2 c + 1 tbsp plant milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt or All-Purpose Seasoning

Note: I will give you the directions for the oven method. That is the easiest method and can produce soft and chewy or crunchy flatbreads.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Pour the quinoa into a fine mesh strainer. Rinse the quinoa for a couple of minutes to get rid of the bitter outer coating.

Transfer the quinoa into a high-speed blender. Add the remaining ingredients into the blender. Blend until the batter is smooth. It will be somewhat thick, and will require the use of a spatula to help spoon out the batter.

Make 6 dollops of batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Use the spatula to spread the batter into circles, about 5-6 inches.

Bake for 15-17 minutes (for soft and chewy flatbreads).

Flip the flatbreads over and bake for an additional 10 minutes, if you like them crunchy.

Note: You can make them smaller if you would like to use them for sandwiches, or larger if you would like to make flatbread pizzas.

Note: Also, experiment with seasoning to make them your own special recipe.

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Tropics Bowl

I’ll be honest I had a hard time coming up with a name for this dish. The ingredients reminded me of the Bahamas and the Southwest. I think the mango is what put it towards the tropics. It is perfect for a light and refreshing meal, and so nutrient packed.

  • 1 c quinoa, uncooked (I used the trick-colored quinoa, but any will do)
  • 1 c vegetable broth
  • 1 c water
  • 1 can black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 c corn kernels, frozen, thawed
  • 1 c tomatoes, seeded, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 ripe mango, skinned, pitted, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, zested, juiced
  • 8 oz. baby spinach

Cook the quinoa according to package directions. I used 1 cup of vegetable broth and 1 cup of water for my liquid.

When the quinoa is done cooking, add the black beans, corn, tomatoes, bell pepper, mango, avocado, garlic and lime. Stir all the ingredients together and cover with a lid for about 5 minutes. This resting time is good to let the ingredients meld together and the raw veggies soften a little.

While the quinoa mixture is setting, layer the spinach into a bowl. Spoon the quinoa mixture on top of the bed of spinach.

This recipe makes 4-6 servings. It depends on the appetite.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Quinoa and Veggie Spring Rolls

This was the first time I have made Spring Rolls. By the time I finished I surprisingly got pretty good at rolling these out. I have always liked spring rolls. They always seem to be a bite of freshness to me. Especially, since these are not fried. They are light yet fairly filling.

I made these with quinoa cooked in vegetable broth. I like to think I am adding nutrients and more flavor to the quinoa by cooking it in vegetable broth. The reason for the quinoa is that I wanted to pack in more protein into the Spring Rolls. I also add edamame, for the same reason as the quinoa – protein. Then some greens and crunchy vegetables. You cannot forget the mango for a sweet little bite. These Spring Rolls are packed with a nutritious nibble of delectable goodness. By combining all of these ingredients you get your, sweet, crunchy and a little heat all in one bite.

  • 1 package of Spring Roll Wrappers
  • 1 c baby greens, stems removed
  • 1 c cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 c edamame, shelled
  • 1/2 c carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 c red pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 c mango, diced
  •  Sweet Chili Sauce, for dipping

Note: Use a large bowl/pan to dip the wrappers. Just dip them long enough to make them slightly pliable. They tend to continue to soften. If you soak them too long they will tear and fall apart. There is no need to warm the water, room temperature works just fine.

Also, dipping your fingers in the water helps to work with the wrappers.

Make sure you have all your ingredients in place ready to assemble your spring rolls.

I made my Spring Rolls on a cutting board. Sprinkle some water onto the cutting board.

Soak one Spring Roll Wrapper at a time, as you assemble each Spring Roll. Remember it only takes about 5-10 seconds, just enough so they are pliable. Lay out flat onto the work surface.

Layer some leaves of the greens into the center of the wrapper.

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Spoon quinoa on top of the greens.

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Layer carrot shredded, pepper, edamame, and mango.

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Fold sides into center of wrapper.

Fold bottom of the wrapper over the filling. The wrapper should overlap onto top of wrapper. Roll as tight as you can so that it looks like a stuffed tube. This takes some practice.  It is okay if they are not perfect, they taste great and they will be gone in a flash.

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Serve with some Sweet Chili Sauce. The first bite we dipped into the sauce, then we would spoon the sauce into the roll so it dripped into the filling – Yum!

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Quinoa and Garbanzo Bowl

This meal was put together in just a couple of minutes. I had prepared quinoa and garbanzo beans in the instant pot earlier in the day. Because most of the prep was already done I was able to put this together in a flash.

Layer in your favorite bowl starting with the quinoa. Add the remaining ingredients.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Instant Pot Quinoa

Today was an instant pot day. I made perfect garbanzo beans in 30 minutes. Since they came out so good I decided to make quinoa in the instant pot. This is another quick, easy and flavorful meal.

Like the garbanzo beans there are only a few ingredients.

Combine all ingredients into instant pot.

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Cook according to your instant pot directions. Mine cooked in only 6 minutes.

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Make a batch of quinoa to use in salads, bowls or as a filling. The possibilities are endless.

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Quinoa and Veggie Bowl

This bowl is so full of color and flavor. You can feel the pop of the quinoa when you take a bite. There is a hint of lemon to brighten the dish and cilantro to give it some freshness.

What I like is that you can add just about any kind of veggies that you desire. This is what I had in my refrigerator at the time. Sometimes I add zucchini, yellow squash and kale. I try to change it up whenever I make it so it is not the same every time.

  • Avocado oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 c carrots, diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 c quinoa
  • 2 c vegetable broth
  • Lemon, zested, use juice of half the lemon
  • 4 oz spinach, fresh, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Cilantro, fresh, garnish

Over medium-high heat add avocado oil to a large dutch oven. Warm avocado oil; add onion, carrots, yellow pepper, garlic and bay leaf. Stir. Season mixture generously with the  all-purpose seasoning, stirring occasionally. Cook until carrots are tender and onions are softened and translucent. Remove from dutch oven and set aside.

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Pour vegetable broth into dutch oven and scrape any bits that may have formed in the pan. Add quinoa and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover with lid. Cook until all liquid is absorbed and the quinoa has popped (looks like little rings).

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Turn heat off. Add spinach, lemon zest, lemon juice, spinach and tomatoes. Cover with lid and let the spinach wilt and the tomatoes warm . This only takes a couple of minutes. Top with cilantro.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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