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TheRecipe Presents: Four Easy Quinoa Recipes For The New Year

TheRecipe has collected four quinoa recipes that will provide quick and delicious ways to help keep you in-line with your New Year's resolutions to eat healthier. Add in these recipes with your weekly meal prep, or simply use them as an entree!

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 can of chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 jar of roasted red bell peppers, drained
  • 1/3 cup of raisins
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • Olive oil

For the dressing

  • 1/4 of olive oil
  • 1 tbs of honey
  • 1/2 cup of white or golden balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp of turmeric
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • On a sheet pan, spread out the chickpeas and cover with olive oil and salt to taste.
  • Toast in the oven for about 30 minutes or until crispy.
  • Meanwhile, in a pot, add in water and quinoa, bring to a boil.
  • Cover and reduce heat to a simmer and cook until all water is absorbed.
  • Remove from heat and set aside for 5 minutes.
  • In a large skillet, combine oil, carrots, garlic, and diced roasted red bell peppers.
  • Cook until carrots are tender over medium heat.
  • Remove from heat.
  • In a large mixing bowl, make dressing by whisking together balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt, pepper, turmeric. Set aside.
  • Add in the raisins to the pan and warm through.
  • Remove pan from heat and add in cooked quinoa.
  • Whisk dressing and pour over mixture.
  • Add in roasted chickpeas.
  • Enjoy!

Shrimp Quinoa Spring Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 7 rice paper wrappers
  • 1 head of green leaf lettuce
  • 1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa
  • 1 cucumber, julienned
  • 1 carrot, peeled and julienned
  • Salt to taste

Spicy Peanut sauce

  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray a baking sheet with non stick spray.
  • Add shrimp to pan and lightly salt.
  • Bake in the oven for 6-8 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Slice shrimp length-wise and allow to cool.
  • Using one rice paper a time, wet rice paper for 10 seconds and add lettuce, 2 tbs of quinoa, 3 slices of cucumber, carrot sticks, and 3 shrimp halves.
  • Bring the bottom edge of the wrap tightly over the filling, folding the sides, rolling the bottom to the top until rolled. Do not over stuff.
  • Dip in Spicy Peanut Sauce and enjoy!

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup of uncooked quinoa
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1 pound of ground chicken
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tsp of olive oil
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • 2 tsp of oregano
  • 2 tsp of chili powder
  • 1 tsp of red hot hot sauce
  • 1 tsp of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 cup of shredded Mexican Blend cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a sauce pan, place water and quinoa, bring to a boil.
  • Cover and reduce to heat to low and cook until all water has been absorbed by the quinoa.
  • Remove from heat and set aside for 5 minutes, then fluff with fork.
  • In a skillet, add in oil, onions, garlic, and red pepper.
  • Saute over medium heat until softened.
  • Remove from heat and place in a large mixing bowl and allow to slightly cool.
  • Add in all other ingredients to bowl and mix completely.
  • In a muffin tin, spray each muffin hole with non-stick spray and divide the mixture evenly.
  • Place in oven for 25-30 minutes.
  • Add additional cheese on top, if desired, and enchilada sauce.
  • Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Cashew Chicken Quinoa Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 red peppers, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 oz chicken breasts, sliced
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cashews
  • Green onion for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a casserole dish with coconut oil cooking spray.
  • Place uncooked quinoa on the bottom of the casserole dish and layer with diced onion and red pepper on top.
  • Place sliced chicken on top of veggies.
  • Mix together hoisin sauce, garlic, soy sauce, fresh ginger, and water.
  • Evenly pour sauce over chicken breast.
  • Bake at 375º for 45 minutes, uncovered.
  • Remove from oven and add cashews.
  • Bake for another 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with green onion

Have you tried any of these recipes? Do you have any go-to quinoa recipes that you love?  Be sure to let us know!

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