Quinoa Pancake

Quinoa Pancake

Quinoa Pancake

Ingredients:
1 cup cooked quinoa
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
3 tbsp sugar
¾ cup yogurt
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
¼ tsp grated nutmeg (optional)

Method:
Place flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and nutmeg powder in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
Grind cooked quinoa and yogurt to a smooth paste. Add egg and vanilla essence and pulse to combine.
Pour into flour mixture and use the whisk gently to combine. Batter will be thick, but add little water if required.
Heat a nonstick pan and brush little butter.
Pour 1 large ladleful and spread to form thick round.
When bubbles start to appear, flip over and cook for few seconds more.
Serve with maple syrup or honey or any topping of your choice.

Quinoa Salad in Tomato Bowls

Quinao salad in tomato cup

Quinoa Salad in Tomato Bowls

Ingredients:
8-10 medium size firm tomatoes
½ cup cooked quinoa
½ red capsicum chopped
½ green capsicum chopped
1 small onion chopped
1 small cucumber chopped
1 green chili chopped or ¼ tsp dry chili flakes
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
4-5 tbsp tbsp yogurt
Salt to taste.

Method:
Cut a small piece off both ends of tomatoes and cut each into two.
Scoop out the inside with a spoon and place inverted on a kitchen paper.
Mix the rest of the ingredients.
Spoon the quinoa mixture into each tomato bowl.
Serve and enjoy.

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Notes:
You can make this ahead. Just don’t add salt to the mixture and refrigerate.
Add salt and mix and make bowls just before serving.

Quinoa Granola

Quinoa & Oats Granola with sunflower seeds

Quinoa Granola

Ingredients:
2 cups oats (I used quick oats)
½ cup quinoa uncooked
½ cup chopped almonds
¼ cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp canola/coconut oil
2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
2-3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder

Method:
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
Quinoa can be used unwashed.
Add oil, honey and mix well to combine.
Spread on a parchment paper covered tray and bake in a preheated oven at 160 degree for approx. 25-30 mins.
Stir at least 2-3 times in between. After 30 mins, switch off the oven and give the mixture a good stir. Leave it in the warm oven till it cools.
Add raisins or chopped dry figs if you wish. Store in an airtight container.

Mushroom Quinoa Quiche

Mushroom quiche with quinao base

Mushroom Quinoa Quiche

Ingredients:
1 cup cooked quinoa
½ cup wheat flour or all-purpose flour
¼ tsp salt
3 -4 tbsp chopped spring onion
4-5 tbsp water

3 eggs
¼ cup milk
½ cup chopped mushroom sautéed
½ cup red capsicum chopped
3-4 tbsp chopped spring onion
¼ tsp chili flakes
¼ tsp garlic powder (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
3-4 tbsp cheese (cheddar or parmesan)

Method:
Mix quinoa, flour, salt, green onions and enough water to make dough.
Grease a pie plate (8″) or any oven proof glass plate and grease well with butter.
Spread the dough in the plate with your fingers.
Whisk egg and milk in a bowl. Add rest of the ingredients except cheese.
Pour into the dish plate.
Sprinkle cheese on top.
Bake in preheated oven at 160 degree Celsius for 20-25 mins or until the edges have started to brown and center is almost set.
Rest for 5 mins and take out on a serving dish.
Serve warm.

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Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:
½ cup cooked quinoa
1 small tomato deseeded and diced
1 cucumber diced
2 tbsp sliced olives
2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
Few whole olives
Few feta cheese cubes
Few walnut pieces
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt to taste

Method:
Mix all ingredients.
Add lemon juice, olive oil and salt just before serving.
Enjoy the healthy salad.

Other Quinoa recipes:

Breakfast Sweet Quinoa

Sweet Breakfast Quinoa

Quinoa Pulav

Quinoa Pulav

Sweet Quinoa for Breakfast

Sweet Breakfast Quinoa

For those of you, who like something sweet for breakfast like me, try this. It’s nutritious, healthy and filling. I have mentioned the facts about quinoa in Quinoa Pulav.
Basically, you can use a combination of any nuts / dry fruit or fresh fruits.

Sweet Quinoa for breakfast

Ingredients:
½ cup quinoa
1 cup water
½ apple chopped (small pieces)
6 almonds chopped
2 dry apricots chopped
1 dry fig chopped
½ tsp cinnamon powder
¼ tsp nutmeg powder
1 -2 tbsp brown sugar (optional)

Method:
Place all ingredients in a pan.
When it boils, lower the heat and cook covered for 10-15 minutes or until all water evaporates.
Fluff the mixture with a fork.
Eat hot or cold.
You can drizzle honey or cream on top if you prefer.

Quinoa Pulav

Quinoa Pulav

Let me introduce some of my friends to Quinoa (keen- wah), the wonder food.
Quinoa is basically a seed stocked with all essential amino, vitamins and minerals essential for human nutrition. This type of complete protein is rarely found in plant foods, though common in meats. Quinoa also offers a good dose of fiber and iron. It contains no gluten or wheat.
Weight watchers please note; there are only 111 calories in each 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa and its quite filling.
Quinoa by itself tastes rather bland, but it can be prepared in a number of ways-salad, pulav, sweets etc. Quinoa can be substituted for almost all rice or other grain preparations.

Quinoa Pulav

Ingredients:
1 cup quinoa
1 cup mixed vegetables (carrot, green peas, beans etc)
½ tsp shahjeera
1 small onion chopped
2 cups water
1 tastemaker cube (optional) or use whole spices
Salt
2 tbsp oil

Method:
Wash quinoa at least 4-5 times.
Heat oil and add shahjeera. When it splutters add onion and saute till almost brown.
Add the vegetables and tastemaker.
Add water and let it boil.
Add quinoa and check salt.
Cook covered on low flame for 15-20 mins or until all water is absorbed.
Fluff with a fork and serve with pickle and yogurt raita.