Quinoa is an ancient South American grain, hailed as a superfood due to its health benefits. The Incas have known it all along as the “mother grain” as it is cultivated in the Andes. Quinoa is considered a complete protein and it’s known to contains all nine essential amino acids. It is also non-GMO, gluten-free, has high iron content, is easy to digest, has twice the fiber compared to other grains and is completely delicious.
There are a wide variety of quinoa but the black, white and red are the most widely cultivated. The white quinoa is considered a Golden variety, need less time to be cooked and has a delicate flavor. Red and black quinoas have 4 times more fiber than the white one, have richer taste, texture and preserve their shape while cooking.
In this way, quinoa’s impressive nutritive profile not only goes well for a healthy life, but also is the perfect complement for any recipe. SamiChakra offers on it’s online shop white, black, red and tricolor quinoa, so if you are looking for a unique change on everyday meals add this delicious superfood to your diet.
Quinoa can be prepared as rice, used with salads, fruits, omelettes, soups, cakes or breads. If you want to add this superfood to your daily diet here are some healthy recipes you can try.
Crispy Quinoa patties
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 finely chopped carrot
1 finely chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped spinach
1 tbp. salt & pepper
2 tbsps. vegetable oil
¼ cup yeast flakes
¼ cup whole wheat flour
Tip the cooked quinoa into a bowl, add the cheese, carrot, onion, spinach, salt & pepper, mix well the ingredients. Place over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the eggs, yeast flakes, wheat flour, salt and pepper. Mix until getting a consistent dough. Form small croquettes using your hands. Place them in a frying pan for 10 minutes. Let them cool and serve them plain, in a pita or like a hamburguer.
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup uncooked pre.rinsed quinoa
2 tbsps. chia seeds
¼ tbsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. melted chocolate
½ tbsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup roughly chopped almonds or pecans
⅓ cup dried fruits
¼ cup natural creamy almond butter
2 tbsps. honey or pure maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, the pre-rinsed quinoa, chia seeds, salt, cinnamon and melted chocolate. Stir in the vanilla extract and fold in the roughly chopped almonds or pecans and your favorite dried fruits for a better taste. In a hot saucepan add natural creamy almond butter, the honey or pure maple syrup and stir until both melt. Bake for 25 minutes or until edges turn golden brown. Cut in bars when all gets cool.