This little pseudo cereal is actually a seed. As part of the amaranth family, it is originally grown in South-America.
I love using quinoa myself and recommend it regularly to my clients. Why? Because it's super easy to cook, neutral (but a little nutty) in taste, and is packed full of dietary fiber, protein, B-vitamins and a little bit of fat.
Since it's so versatile, you can really use it for a lot of different recipes, from savoury to sweet.
Here are 3 of my favourite uses for quinoa.
Vegan beetroot & quinoa burgers.
This recipe is super easy. The burgers hold really well with the help of some buckwheat flour and chia seeds. Bring on the superfood train!
Use the image below for the recipe, or watch the video for instructions.
Quinoa & Buckwheat skillet granola.
Check the recipe here.
Jewelled Quinoa Salad
You can't make it any easier! Just throw in whatever you want to use up from the fridge, maybe add some mixed seeds, and you're good to go!
Use cooked quinoa as a base and add finely chopped red onion, peppers, fresh parsley and coriander and top with pomegranate seeds. Serve with a simple lemon dressing.
You can eat this salad as a side dish, or add a protein source and have it as a complete lunch.
As you can see, quinoa can be used in different ways, hot, cold, sweet or savoury. Some people even use it instead of porridge in the morning!
Just a note on when you cook the quinoa, make sure you rinse it well beforehand.