Swiss Chard with Quinoa

Fall in love with Swiss chard with this easy side dish. And if you’re cooking for folks who “don’t like” chard, this flavorful yet simple side can change their mind. Recipe is at the bottom, but I’ll tell you the secret ingredient now: lemon juice. If you didn’t know it, now you do – lemon juice can help offset the bitterness of bitter greens

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Quinoa Salad with a Middle Eastern Twist

This colorful, flavorful, and interesting-textured quinoa salad is a perfect side for anyone and a great main dish for vegans or vegetarians. It’s a great way to take your leftover red quinoa and turn it into something amazing! Using what’s in season now this salad combines persimmons, fresh citrus, herbs, spices, pistachio, and red quinoa for an unbeatable flavor and texture.

Recipe for Middle Eastern Quinoa

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How to Eat Puffed Quinoa and Bonus Recipe

Puffed quinoa is a gluten free high protein breakfast cereal that’s minimally processed and I’m in love with its nutrition. However, its taste is another story. If you want to know how to eat puffed quinoa, it’s simple – dress it up!

Here is one idea on how to make your puffed quinoa breakfast a tasty, not just healthy, treat.

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Broccoli & Cheddar Quinoa Casserole

Broccoli, cheese, mushrooms and quinoa casserole – yummy, 100% gluten free and so easy to make. Gluten free, full of protein, pumped up with vitamins, try my healthy version of broccoli & cheddar casserole!

Gluten Free Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

Some fun tricks and tips that make this casserole come out so good:

  • Boil the quinoa in water just like pasta (for 12 minutes) and then drain. This keeps the quinoa moist and prevents it from drying, especially when used in a casserole.
  • Use real cheddar cheese or full fat cheese. Lowfat cheeses don’t melt as nicely and can burn. Avoid very hard cheeses, like Parmesan  they also tend to burn easily when baked.

Broccoli & Cheddar Quinoa Casserole
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb broccoli
  • 1.5 cups quinoa
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • ½ medium onion
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cream
  • 3 tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. In two large pots, boil water. Once the water is boiling, put the quinoa in one and a steamer with broccoli in the other.
  2. While your quinoa is cooking (set a timer for 12 minutes), heat the butter in a saucepan.
  3. Dice ½ an onion, slice your mushrooms and add them to the butter and cook until the onions are browned. Add more butter if the pan starts browning.
  4. Add 1 cup cream to the onions and mushrooms, stir and remove from heat.
  5. When your time goes off (12 minutes), drain the quinoa, turn the heat off on the broccoli.
  6. Grease a medium glass baking pan with butter.
  7. Put the broccoli into the glass pan and chop up a bit until the pieces are no larger than 1".
  8. Pour the creamy onion & mushroom mix into the pan and stir.
  9. Add the drained quinoa and mix well with ½ cup of shredded cheddar.
  10. Cover the mixture with the remaining ½ cup of cheddar and bake at 250F for 10 minutes or until the top is browned.
Notes
Serves 8 as a side dish or 4 as a main dish.

 

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