Quinoa salads

I love quinoa! Especially to use it in a salat. But what is quinoa? Quinoa looks like a grain, but it officially belongs to the vegetable. However, it is generally eaten as a grain. Quinoa is native to the Andes Mountains in South America. The seeds of the plant leaves are eaten for years by the Incas because it is a cheap source of food.

Quinoa can serve as a substitute for rice or couscous. Quinoa is rich in protein, vitamin B2 and E and minerals like iron, copper and magnesium. Quinoa is great for people who want to lose weight. It prevents craving snacks and stimulates your metabolism. It also contains no gluten and it can also be used for vegetarian meals.

How to cook quinoa

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My favorite quinoa salads

Quinoa fruit salad



You'll need:

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 2 persimmons/kakis
  • 2 hands of blueberries
  • 1 cup of pomegranate seeds
  • 1 banana


All you have to do is:

  • Cook the quinoa
  • Let it cool off
  • Slice the banana and persimmons into small pieces
  • Mix everything in one bowl
Enjoy!


Quinoa lunch salad



You'll need:

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 100 gram green and red leaf lettuce 
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 paprika
  • Handful of small pieces cheddar cheese
  • 1 boiled egg


All you have to do is:

  • Cook the quinoa
  • Let it cool off
  • Slice the onion, tomatoes and paprika into small pieces
  • Mix everything in one bowl

Enjoy!


Recipe... Oatmeal cookies


I love these cookies as a quick snack! You can make them with different ingredients. I've written down my 2 favorites:

Ingredients oatmeal banana cookies:
  • 4 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Handful raisins 

Ingredients peanut butter oatmeal cookies:
  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • Handful raisins (optional)


Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix the ingredients into a creamy consistency in a large bowl.
  • Place rounded, heaping tablespoon-sized balls of the batter on the parchment paper.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes.