Five ridiculously tasty ways to eat quinoa

Don’t fall for those that dismiss quinoa as a faddy food. Quinoa is a nutritious food that is rich in plant based protein. It also tastes darn good when given a little love and attention. Quinoa is a complete source of protein in that it contains all nine essential amino acids. These are the amino acids that our bodies cannot generate and so we must get them from our food. One of the simplest and tastiest ways to prepare quinoa is to cook it and then dress it with lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt and black pepper. However, if you want to broaden your quinoa horizons, try one of these five Honest Project quinoa recipes.

Creamy Quinoa Porridge with Cardamon and Apple

We tend to associate porridge with oats and we tend to associate quinoa with lunch or dinner times. However, porridge can be made from quinoa and there is no rule that says quinoa can’t be eaten for breakfast. Quinoa porridge takes a little longer to make than oat porridge so it may be more suitable for weekends or days when you have a little more time to spend preparing breakfast.

Summer Quinoa & Chickpea Salad

Say hello to your new 'best friend salad'!! It is easy and quick to make, it is super nutritious and it makes the perfect packed lunch. It will keep in the fridge for a day or two so works well for leftovers. This salad can be eaten on its own and is also a great side for a more substantial meal or even as one of a selection of salads if you are entertaining or throwing a barbecue.

Green Quinoa Salad with Hempseed Pesto

This recipe ticks all the boxes; it packs a good plant based protein punch, plus it contains raw green vegetables and healthy fats. Tick, tick, tick. Quinoa, hemp seeds and cashew nuts are all good sources of plant based protein. Trust me, after eating this, you will be totally satisfied without feeling overly full and bloated.

Mexican Quinoa Bowl with Sweet Potato Fries and Avocado

This quinoa bowl is so easy and so handy to make. It is made using just one saucepan which is fantastic when it comes to the washing up. This can be made without the sweet potato fries and it is plenty on its own. However, who doesn’t love sweet potato fries so why leave them out.

Roast Vegetable Quinoa with Basil Pesto

Just roast some vegetables, cook the quinoa and toss everything together in a delicious pesto. That’s how easy this dish is to make. If you are short on time or just don't fancy making the pesto yourself, there are some really good and minimally processed pestos available to buy. It's always handy to have one in the fridge.