Quinoa (noun). /ˈKēn-ˌwä/. Keen-wah. Everybody say it with me now—quinoa!
So today we’re going to talk about avocados.
Just kidding! Today we’re going to talk about (you guessed it) the greatness of the grain that is keeeeenwaaa. And I promise that after I make you fall in love with this super-powered grain, you can feast your eyes on a few recipes that you’ll likely want to add to the rotation ASAP.
But no really, what even is quinoa? Half the world can barely pronounce it, so why would we put it in our bodies? Quinoa is a psuedo grain (meaning it’s technically a seed) that’s been used for thousands of years thanks to its stellar nutrition profile and nutty taste. It’s a complete protein, which means it contains all nine essential amino acids. This is common in animal proteins but super rare in the plant world. Quinoa has more filling fiber than lots of other grains and also contains a plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to boot (think B vitamins, iron, manganese, vitamin E, and zinc). It doesn’t have much of a taste, so it pretty much takes on the flavor of whatever you cook it with. Like pretty humbelievable, right?
I know that by now there is no way you don’t want to soak in a big steamy tub of quinoa…so don’t fret. My fellow vegan bloggers and I have got all of your hopes and dreams covered. Scroll below and let these recipes lift you up to a quinoa heaven of your dreamies.
Sweet Quinoa Breakfast Bowl via Love and Lemons
Vegan Quinoa Power Bowls via Avocado Pesto
Salted Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies via My Darling Vegan
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos with Quinoa and Lemon Tahini Sauce via The Roasted Root
Greek Quinoa Zucchini Fritters via Delish Knowledge
Slow Cooker Quinoa Vegetable Soup via Eating Bird Food
Thai Quinoa Casserole via The Healthy Maven
Black Bean Bites with Vegan Queso Dip via Simply Quinoa
Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers via Minimalist Baker
Vegan Coconut Pumpkin Porridge via Cotter Crunch
Quinoa and Tofu Satay via Eat Healthy Eat Happy
Best-Ever Chocolate Quinoa Cake via Making Thyme for Health
Vegan Cranberry Orange Squash & Quinoa Salad via Food Faith Fitness
Quinoa Salad with Edamame Broccoli Sprouts and Smoked Almonds via Food Done Light
Quinoa Peanut Butter Snack Balls via Happy Healthy Mama
Quinoa Pudding via That Girl Cooks Healthy
Gluten-Free Quinoa Pancakes via Light Orange Bean
Gluten Free Banana Quinoa Muffins via Knead to Cook
Lemon Quinoa Salad with Pistachios & Sun-Dried Tomatoes via Cookin’ Canuck