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Summertime Quinoa-Peach Salad

Summertime Quinoa

This recipe was inspired by my good friend, Kristin, who brought a similar dish to our summertime BBQ.  It was perfectly light and a total crowd pleaser.  It vanished pretty fast.  It is served at room temperature or slightly chilled which is great for summertime sides.  It also can serve as an easy and satisfying […]

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Detox Quinoa Spinach Salad (gluten-free + vegan)

This quinoa salad has it all!  Recently, I’ve been bored with healthy lunchtime options and wanted to create an exciting dish that provides a healthy source of lasting energy for lunch on-the-go.  This recipe features my all time favorite grain: quinoa (gluten-free and a complete protein).  It gets healthy fat from both avocado and walnuts […]

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Tex Mex Quinoa

I’m always looking for new ways to prepare quinoa.  This southwest twist takes quinoa from basic to flavorfully fun and colorful.  The addition of the black beans is great for added protein and fiber.  Top with an avocado and extra lime juice just before serving for an extra wow factor. Ingredients ½ cups dry quinoa […]

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Southwest Quinoa Burger

My husband found this recipe in Men’s Health magazine and we tried cooking it together.  It was very easy to make and turned out way better than we expected.  It did actually look and taste very similar to a real burger.   And, the southwest flavoring made for exceptional taste.  You can consider it husband approved […]

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Pistachio and Cranberry Studded Quinoa

There are so many fun ways to cook quinoa.  This particular recipe is one of my all time favorites. The nutty flavor of the pistachios combined with the tart and sweet flavor of the cranberries makes this quinoa oh-so-special.  And, the colors add a festive note to any holiday meal.  Serves 4-6 Ingredients 2 tbsp […]

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Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with Pesto

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers Vegan

Stuffed peppers provide a beautiful presentation with their vibrant color and unusual shape.   You can really get creative with what you stuff them with and what sauce you add for extra flavor.  For this recipe, I’m going vegan-style and stuffing with protein-rich quinoa and boosting the flavor with a vegan pesto sauce drizzled on top. […]

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Pesto Quinoa

This is pesto with a vegan twist… no cheese!  This makes a great side or main dish and is also gluten-free. Ingredients 2 cups quinoa, rinsed 4 cups water Vegan Pesto Sauce 2 cups fresh basil, rinsed and dried ½ cup extra virgin olive oil ½ cup walnuts 4 garlic cloves, pressed Preparation Bring water […]

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Chocolate Dessert Quinoa

This recipe takes quinoa to a whole new level.  I have featured quinoa as a hot entrée, cold side dish, breakfast option – and now I’m touting it as a dessert.  Stay with me here… Quinoa is basically flavorless which allows for creativity in its preparation. It absorbs liquid and flavor well while staying light […]

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Breakfast Quinoa

Are you in search of the ‘perfect breakfast’?  Well look no further… this breakfast solution includes the must-haves for an all-star breakfast: a combination of lean protein, whole grains and fruit.  Plus, it tastes creamy and a bit like dessert (something to look forward to in the morning). For those of you who say “But […]

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Quinoa

Quinoa is my favorite grain!  It is a complete protein that pairs well with any dish.  It is light, fluffy and absorbs flavor well.  Make this dish once and you will be addicted to quinoa.  Once you try quinoa you never go back! Ingredients 2 cups low sodium broth 1 cup quinoa 1 shallot, diced […]

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