Superfood: Quinoa

Superfood: Quinoa

You’ve likely heard alot about quinoa and how good it is for you. I had heard of it, but I had never cooked with it, even though I knew that it was good for me. While I knew it was good for me, I didn’t know much else about it.

A few quick facts:

  • Quinoa has alot of protein. If you’re following the 21 Day Fix, quinoa is still classified as a carb.
  • It has nearly twice the amount of fiber as other grains – or seeds. Quinoa is technically a seed of the goosefoot plant. I’ve also read that it’s a seed of the lambsquarter plant – which grows in our area, and I’ve even used in smoothies. So, next spring, I will try an experiment and see if I can harvest my own wild quinoa! I better do a little more research:)
  • It contains lysine, which is good for tissue growth and repair. Perfect if you’re working out and lifting weights!
  • It contains iron.
Easy peasy - Quinoa enchilada casserole, easy to make let your slow cooker do the work, plus it's easy on your budget

Quinoa enchilada casserole, easy to make let your slow cooker do the work, plus it’s easy on your budget

 

This recipe is super easy, super thrifty and Super delightful! Thanks to Superfood QUINOA!

Here’s how I do it:

Assemble ingredients & throw in the CrockPot – easy as that! 🙂

  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed
  • 1 can of whole kernel corn (you could also use frozen)
  • 1 can of enchilada sauce (in my photo, I used tomato sauce + the mix)
  • 1 cup of quinoa (rinsed)
  • 1 can of tomatoes with extras (I used the kind with green chiles in it but whatever you prefer)
  • Throw it all in your slowcooker. Mix it up. Add 2 cups of shredded cheese (I used the kind with cream cheese in it but that’s totally optional). Mix it all up again.
  • I only needed to cook it 3 hours on high and it was ready. Typically 8 hours on low, but honestly it probably won’t take that long.

I like to keep my recipes simple and versatile. If you have fresh herbs such as cilantro or parsley, add a handful. If you have lime juice and avocado, certainly serve this dish with those accompaniments.

Superfood quinoa and slow-cooked vegetarian quinoa, sweet potato & black bean chili

Superfood quinoa and slow-cooked vegetarian quinoa, sweet potato & black bean chili

Slow cooker quinoa, sweet potato & black bean chili

Stay healthy on the FIX while keeping your time in the kitchen to a minimum. I made this vegetarian chili for our New Year’s Eve guests and it was a hit! It really is SO good – I ate leftovers every day for work last week. Okay, that was a bit much and I would recommend rotating it with another healthy lunch choice, but it really was good. Even my husband liked it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled & diced
  • 2 cans of black beans (no salt and rinse them)
  • 1, 28 oz can of tomatoes (or 2 pint jars if you can your own)
  • 1/2 cup of quinoa, rinse in cold water (if you don’t rinse it, apparently it will taste bitter)
  • 1 onion, diced – you can also add one diced green bell pepper, although I didn’t
  • 2 c. veggie broth (or chicken broth)
  • 2 T. cocoa powder
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika (smoked or regular)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper

Mix everything together and cook in the crock pot on low for about 8 hours. VOILA!

When serving, use any chili toppings you like such as sour cream and green onions.

Slow cooker quinoa, sweet potato & black bean chili ingredients

Slow cooker quinoa, sweet potato & black bean chili ingredients