Gluten And Dairyfree Quinoa Recipes
Quinoa Olives Sun Dried Tomatoes Broccoli Sliced Almonds And Salsa
No Thinking Required Deliciousness
We belong to a triathlon club. We were having a potluck dinner. I needed to make something easy and versatile.
There are several dietary restrictions in the group. We have dairy free, gluten free, and vegans to consider. Vegans are good resources for avoiding dairy. For this pot luck there has to be lots of food. If you love eating then athletes are the group to eat with.. When you have a hearty appetite and everyone else is eating small bites you starve trying to be polite. Athletes eat seconds without apology.
The group will be coming from running, riding, or triathlon events. Nutrition is of utmost importance for competitive athletes.
Quinoa is a versatile nutrition packed grain .
Before I left for our event I threw 4 cups quinoa into my rice cooker. Just before dinner threw in a can of black beans, a can of black olives and jar of salsa in then warmed the whole concoction in the serving bowl. The heating time was about 5 minutes in the microwave. .
I guarantee what you read here today will be versatile tasty and easy, no deep thinking required.
Quinoa is an ancient grain grown originally in the high mountains of the Andes. When this grain became the big new food I was elated. Finally a cash crop for the Indians in the Andes, but how are they going to grow enough to meet a growing demand. Quinoa is a slow growing plant that thrives on cool weather and poor soil. There are other places in the world that grow quinoa now, but the availability and cost still fluctuate.
Quinoa is called a super food because it is a highly nutritious grain. Most grains require a complement to be a complete protein. The pairing of grains with beans, rice or, nuts is vital to make a complete protein.
Quinoa stands alone, it is a complete protein in itself.
Cook quinoa like rice. Rice cookers are a convenient way to prepare quinoa. To cook follow the directions on the package. I frequently add more liquid because I like the grain a little softer. Make sure your pot has room for the grain to expand as it absorbs the liquid.
Chicken broth can be substituted for the liquid. Everyone who regularly cooks rice likes a different consistency. Treat quinoa the same way you would rice. Quinoa is done when the grain has a thin outline on the edges.
Quinoa Spinach Chicken Salad
Quinoa Spinach Chicken Salad
The first picture in this hub is of quinoa spinach chicken salad.
Mound a pile of spinach on a plate. Mix a can of chicken or left over chicken with mayonnaise to taste.
Add curry powder to taste.
Mix a cup of quinoa into the mixture along with any other vegetables you have in the refrigerator.
Place on spinach and drizzle with your favorite salad dressing. For a lower calorie salad eliminate the salad dressing and add salt and pepper and more spices like turmeric, garlic powder or celery salt to the mayonnaise mixture
Enjoy quinoa as a substitute for cooked cereal and anything your imagination can come up with. As long as you and yours like the concoction it is a winner.
Quinoa, Refried Beans, Greens, and Salsa
Quinoa Greens and Beans
When everyone is enjoying crusty butter laden bread or some other type of gluten laden edible the draw to participate is strong. Frequently when everyone is satisfied I am still hungry. Here is a tasty lunch to satisfy calorie cravings.
Frequently while everyone is eating a burrito I will eat this instead. The same ingredients go into it as a burrito except the burrito is eliminated and quinoa is added.
All you need:
- 1 cup of prepared quinoa
- 2 tablespoons refried beans
- 1/4 cup of chard or some variety of greens
- Salsa to taste
Quinoa Mock Rice Pudding
2 Cups cooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups original rice milk.
1/4 teaspoon salt
4-6 tablespoons sugar or 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon earth balance buttery spread
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs whipped
Add 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon lemon juice
(1/3 cup raisins or dates or chopped dried fruit)
Grease a baking dish. Cover the bottom and sides with gluten free cookie crumbs pour mixture slowly into pan.
Bake about 50 minutes or until set.
This recipe was adapted from my mom's rice pudding recipe. When I saw the direction to put crumbs on the bottom of the dish it didn't appeal to me. I didn't have any gluten free cookies. I almost left this ingredient out. At the last minute it occurred to me to throw organic chocolate chips and gluten free pretzels into my bullet blender for crumbs.
The crumbs at the bottom were really a tasty surprise.
What do you know about quinoa?
Yesterday on a hike we started talking about healthy eating. It was almost lunch time. One gal was telling us how she prepares for the week. She is a computer specialist, who loves to cook, During the week she doesn't have time for anything fancy. So every week she cooks 4 cups of black beans,(Two bags dried beans) Also a large rice cooker full of quinoa. She divides the quinoa and black beans into two cup containers and freezes them. It takes little time to defrost a serving to use on salads, tacos or soup.
When you have ingredients in the freezer to make healthy meals you save time and eat well.
Quinoa Rice and Black Beans
Taking the tip from my friend I like to have black beans and quinoa on hand. Sometimes I use canned beans and other times dried, freshly prepared beans, it doesn't make a difference. Mix a cup of each with a little pico de gallo and some green an you have a yummy filling quick lunch.
Hopefully one of these recipes suits your fancy and relieves some of your frustration over being gluten and dairy free. Bon Appetit!
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