This is a very quick salad recipe, which makes it perfect for midweek dinners. The tamari almonds add a delicious crunch to the whole dish, while the cooked sweet potatoes are soft and taste amazing with the quinoa. We love to mix through almond butter, lemon juice and creamy tahini to bring the whole dish together.View Recipe
Packed with protein and fibre, quinoa is both super nutritious and quick to cook with (it only takes about 12 minutes to cook). It works as a grain in recipes (making it a great swap for rice, orzo, barley etc), but it’s actually a seed, so it’s gluten free too. We’ve rounded up our favourite quinoa recipes to showcase the incredible potential of this superfood. Our super quinoa salads, most of which make brilliant packed lunches, as well as speedy midweek suppers, are all loaded with goodness. We are sure that quinoa will revolutionise your plant-based cooking experience.
Quinoa: What Is It?
Quinoa has been cultivated for thousands of years and has its origins in the Andes region of South America, particularly in countries like Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. It was a staple food of the ancient Incas and is often called the "mother of all grains" due to its historical significance. It is a highly nutritious and versatile seed that is often used as a grain in cooking. It has gained immense popularity in recent years due to its exceptional health benefits and culinary versatility.
Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids that the human body needs for various functions. It is also rich in dietary fibre, vitamins, and minerals, including magnesium, iron, and phosphorus.
Another standout feature of quinoa is its incredible cooking speed. Cooking quinoa is straightforward. It's often prepared by simmering it in water or stock until the liquid is absorbed, resulting in light, fluffy grains. It can also be toasted before cooking to enhance its nutty flavour. Quinoa seamlessly replaces grains like rice, orzo, and barley, making it an ideal choice for those seeking variety in their meals while reaping the benefits of this nutritional powerhouse especially when looking to increase protein intake.