Quinoa is one of those "health foods" that everyone wants to use but has no idea how to make it into anything than the plain boring crumble bits that it is!
Quinoa is considered a grain but I think its questionable, it may actually be a seed. So for you paleo lovers, go ahead and use it if your body feels well on it. In any case, its gluten free. It's also high in fiber and magnesium which are two staple nutrients I am always looking for, recommending, and supplementing if needed.
It also is hailed as being "high in protein". While a cup of cooked quinoa has the same amount of protein content equivalent to a large egg, it would be mainly a carb. According to my trusty old calorie count app,
1 cup cooked has
but thats almost identical to quick oats which
1 cup coked has
Don't get too hung up on the details! My point being: If you're trying to be mindful of your balance of carbs and proteins, don't overload on quinoa thinking its the same as having a chicken breast that boasts 30-40g protein and zero carbs.
Quinoa is nutrient dense with lots of good healthy macros (carbs, fats, and protein). And apparently if you prefer the taste and texture of oats over quinoa, it can be easily interchangeable in this recipe.
Quinoa Pumpkin Banana Goodness
Makes 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
2 cups milk (I use unsweetened almond milk, but any milk will work)
1 cup water
2 large ripe bananas, thinly sliced or mashed
1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon salt
Mix all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and stir well. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 12-15 minutes, stirring once or twice during the cooking time. The quinoa should be cooked and creamy. Subbing quick oats for quinoa will reduce cooking time so keep your eye on it. If reheating the next day, you may need to add more milk.
Macros per serving:
This is a great dish for a morning breakfast bowl or dessert. Note that this is a carb based food. Pair it with some eggs and avocado or stir in some cold processed hormone free protein powder and liquid mct coconut oil to add fats and protein. Or use it as a great post work out carb load!
In any case, remember its all about balance.... we need fats, carbs, and protein. By choosing whole food you're getting important nutrients and avoiding the toxins and artificials!
Health and Blessings,