10 Creative Ways to Use Quinoa

  Homemade Southwestern Mexican Quinoa Salad with Beans Corn and Cilantro

I said goodbye to white rice many years ago when I realized it was a fake food and not good for the body. [1] Instead, I switched to brown rice for our stir frys and similar meals. 

And yet a few years ago I read about an even healthier alternative: quinoa (pronouned KEEN-wah). Quinoa isn’t an actual grain, but a seed, and yet it can be used in a similar way as brown rice in recipes.

Here are a few benefits that will make you want to add it to your diet too!

Quinoa is: [2]

  • A complete protein food
  • Gluten-free
  • An anti-cancer food
  • Helpful for weight loss
  • Good for the heart
  • Good for bone health
  • Helpful in fighting diabetes

If you’re anything like me, you want recipes and ideas of how to use a new “superfood” that you’ve just been introduced to. Here’s 10 delicious ways you can add quinoa to your diet for your family’s good health!

10 Creative Ways To Use Quinoa

1. Quinoa On-The-Go Meals

Did you know quinoa is a complete protein food and assists in weight loss? Here's 10 creative ways to use quinoa for your family's good health!

As much fun as it is to add quinoa to recipes, my favorite way to eat this healthy food is in these on-the-go meals by Cucina & Amore  simply because they are yummy and a quick snack/meal I can grab on the go! These ready-to-eat meals are so convenient and healthy for those of us with busy lives. It’s far too easy for me to grab quick, unhealthy foods when I’m rushing here and there to sports practice and music lessons for my girls, or skipping meals altogether. These quinoa meals are ready to eat and require no refrigeration prior to opening. Plus, there’s a small fork included with the food. These people thought of everything!

If you don’t mind using a microwave, the containers the quinoa comes in are microwavable. However, I gave up microwaved foods long ago and enjoyed eating the contents at room temperature. The quinoa is already cooked and it was so tasty just simply eating at room temp! I received a box from Cucina & Amore to sample and thoroughly enjoyed each flavor. You guys, these meals were seriously so yummy. They come in 4 flavors:

  • Roasted Artichoke
  • Mango Jalapeno
  • Basil Pesto
  • Spicy Jalapeno & Roasted Peppers

I had such a hard time deciding which was my favorite, but I think the Spicy Jalapeno & Roasted Peppers ended up winning in the end (though all of the flavors are SO good). 

These meals are gluten and preservative free.

Check out these on-the-go meals here —>http://www.cucinaandamore.com/quinoa.html !

2. Farmer’s Market Quinoa Salad

Did you know quinoa is a complete protein food and assists in weight loss? Here's 10 creative ways to use quinoa for your family's good health!

I love salads and it’s important to get greens in your diet daily. This salad has a mixture of bright greens, cooked quinoa, and crunchy nuts.  

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/farmers-market-quinoa-salad

3. Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Did you know quinoa is a complete protein food and assists in weight loss? Here's 10 creative ways to use quinoa for your family's good health!

Oatmeal is a pretty basic breakfast in my house. We love it with cinnamon, butter, honey, and almond milk. This quinoa oatmeal recipe is a fabulous idea for a warm and nourishing breakfast!

https://www.loveandlemons.com/cinnamon-quinoa-breakfast-bowl/

4. Pizza Quinoa Burgers

Did you know quinoa is a complete protein food and assists in weight loss? Here's 10 creative ways to use quinoa for your family's good health!

Who doesn’t love pizza? Here’s a way to enjoy the pizza flavor with these quinoa pizza burgers! These meatless burgers are simple to mix up and fry!

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2017/02/02/quinoa-burgers-recipe/

5. Fruit Quinoa Pancakes

Did you know quinoa is a complete protein food and assists in weight loss? Here's 10 creative ways to use quinoa for your family's good health!

Have leftover cooked quinoa? Eat it the next morning in these fruit pancakes! Much more filling and nutritious than those traditional white-flour pancakes.

https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1013615-quinoa-pancakes?mcubz=3

6. Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Did you know quinoa is a complete protein food and assists in weight loss? Here's 10 creative ways to use quinoa for your family's good health!

These pumpkin quinoa cookies are a perfect breakfast treat for the fall! You can substitute the all-purpose flour for soft white wheat or your favorite gluten-free flour.

http://www.skinnytaste.com/pumpkin-spice-quinoa-breakfast-cookies/

7. Quinoa Granola Bars

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These honey-sweetened granola bars are gluten-free and sweetened with honey and stevia!

https://www.simplyquinoa.com/crispy-gluten-free-granola-bars-with-quinoa/

8. Breakfast Cookies

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These wholesome, gluten-free cookies are just the thing to start you’re morning out with energy and good nutrition! This recipe calls for date paste, but you can also substitute 1/3 cup of bananas for sweetness.

https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/breakfast-cookies-56389472

9. Mexican Quinoa Nachos

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Nachos are delicious, and adding protein-packed quinoa to it makes it a delicious and full meal!

http://thetraychic.com/2015/02/23/fully-loaded-mexican-quinoa-nachos/

10. Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

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A crockpot full of delicious quinoa enchiladas is the perfect meal for a busy mom like me! Any meal I can throw together and forget about is on my to-make list! 

http://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/slow-cooker-enchilada-quinoa/

Let me know your favorite ways to eat quinoa!

 RESOURCES

  1. Axe, D. J. (2017, June 13). Refined Carbohydrates: Avoiding ‘White on Rice’. Retrieved September 26, 2017, from https://draxe.com/refined-carbohydrates-avoiding-white-on-rice/
  2. Boldt, E. (2017, September 18). Quinoa: the Complete Protein that Boosts Weight Loss Efforts. Retrieved September 26, 2017, from https://draxe.com/10-quinoa-nutrition-facts-benefits/

DIY Sweet Dreams Pillow Mist

DIY Sweet Dreams Pillow Mist | Jill's Home Remedies | Have a relaxing night's sleep with this herbal pillow mist!

I used to dislike the smell of lavender, but I’ve realized since getting into herbs and essential oils that it’s been the fake chemical lavender smell that I disliked in perfumes and soaps. I really enjoy using real lavender as a home remedy now!

Just yesterday I had a terrible headache all morning. I grabbed my bottle of lavender oil on the way to my girls’ sports practice and breathed it in deeply for about 15 minutes on the drive there, and my headache went away shortly after that. In the past, I have also placed lavender oil on an aromatherapy necklace and had a severe headache go away in 30 minutes.

Lavender is now one of my favorite home remedies for headaches!  It’s so much safer than the OTC medications I used to take.  You can also apply this oil to your temples when you have a headache or a stressful day.  See my other home remedies for headaches posts here.

I also enjoy adding organic lavender flowers to my favorite tea mixes for relieving stress and healing nerve damage.  That’s another recipe I’ll have to share one of these days. (Buy organic lavender flowers here.)

Today I’m sharing a very simple relaxing recipe that is perfect for spraying on your pillow at night or spritzing in a room as an air freshener.  It’s guaranteed to relax you and send you to the land of sweet dreams!

DIY Sweet Dreams Pillow Mist
(Recipe Source: Dr. Angie Ates)
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1 tsp. witch hazel
  • 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop of real vanilla extract (The alcohol in real extract will help preserve the spray.)

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Spritz pillows at night and use as an air freshener. 
Buy lavender essential oil here.

Do you use lavender in your home?  Let me know how!

Spice Up Your Marriage With These 5 Herbs

Spice Up Your Marriage With These 5 Herbs | Jills Home Remedies | Here are 5 herbs that will bring spice into your love life!

Sometimes you may find that your body is thrown off balance and not functioning the way it should, which can include sexual energy.   What exactly causes imbalances?

  • Diet – So many imbalances in the body are diet related.  We do not eat the way we should and our bodies cannot process all the junk we put into it.  It’s as simple as that.  Most of us need to change our diets in a major way, but it is a gradual process. Start where you can – little changes are better than none!
  • Toxins – We come into toxins on a regular basis through makeup, body care, cleaners, medications, etc.  This can really affect the way a body functions.
  • Stress – We live in a high-stress society. Stress is a HUGE factor in causing illness, cancers, and overall health problems. Be sure you are getting enough sleep each night to help your body recover from stress, and take herbs that are good for the nerves to help your body handle stress.
  • Lack of exercise – staying fit and active are very important for all areas of life!

Spice Up Your Marriage With These 5 Herbs

Besides being aphrodisiacs and having the potential to “spice up your marriage”, these 5 herbs listed below also have other health benefits as well, such as: [1]

Ashwagandha Root 

  • Manage Stress
  • Heal Adrenal Fatigue and Fatigue in General
  • Protects Immune System
  • Helps with Memory
  • Stabilizes Blood Sugar [2]

Damiana 

  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Impotence
  • Menstrual Problems [3]

Catuaba 

  • Nervous Disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia [4]

Suma Root 

  • Gives energy
  • Improves hormone balance
  • Reduces dark circles in skin care [5]

Saw Palmetto Berries 

  • Good for reproductive organs for men and women (Perfect supplement to prevent prostate cancer!)
  • Antiseptic
  • Helps rid the body of excess mucus [6]

How To Use These Herbs

  1. You can purchase these herbs in capsules to take, or buy them in loose, bulk form and put them in capsules yourself to save money.
  2. You can make a tea out of these herbs and drink a few cups as needed.
  3. You can add these herbs to smoothies, drinks, yogurt, applesauce, etc.

Buy organic saw palmetto here.
Buy organic ashwagandha root, damiana, Catuaba, and suma root here.

Have you ever used any of these herbs for your health?  I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

REFERENCES

  1. 10 Best Herbs for Boosting Female Sex Drive. (2014). Retrieved February 04, 2016, from http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/10-best-herbs-boosting-female-sex-drive/
  2.  What Is Ashwagandha? (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.chopra.com/ccl/ashwagandha
  3.  Damiana Benefits & Information (Turnera Diffusa). (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-damiana.html
  4.  The Effects of Catuaba. (2015). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.livestrong.com/article/142981-the-effects-catuaba/
  5.  4 Benefits of Suma Root for Women’s Health. (2014). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/4-benefits-of-suma-root-for-womens-health/
  6.  Saw Palmetto Berries – Powder, Organic. (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.bulkherbstore.com/Saw-Palmetto-Berries-Powder

 

 What Is Ashwagandha? (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.chopra.com/ccl/ashwagandha