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Pronounced "KEEN-WAH" this wonder seed is a complete protein source that is also high in minerals, such as magnesium and iron, as well as fibre. Its versatility in the kitchen offers an array of healthy meal options for you and your family. Our breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes will give you more reasons to make quinoa a cupboard staple in your home.
200 grams oats
100 grams quinoa
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 litre water
120 millilitres coconut or almond milk
Rinse the quinoa in a sieve (this removes the bitter taste).
Using a kettle boil the water while you heat the coconut oil in a saucepan over a medium heat.
Add the oats to the heated oil and stir gently for a minute.
Add the quinoa and the water slowly to the oat mixture and bring it to a boil.
Reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for approximately 20 minutes until cooked. The quinoa should be fluffy yet retain a nice chewy texture.
Add your choice of milk, stir in the cinnamon and top with fruit.
Options: For an extra nutritional boost add chia or flaxseed to your Quinmeal and consider using seasonal fruits: sliced bananas, fresh berries and chopped apples are all good alternatives.
In a frying pan heat the olive oil on a medium-high heat.
Add the chopped onion and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until it becomes translucent. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Finally add the chopped spinach and cook down for another minute. Remove the mixture from the heat and transfer it to a bowl.
Crumble the minced turkey and cooked quinoa into the onion, garlic and spinach mixture. Add the spices and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Form the meat mixture into round flat patties of the desired thickness and add a little additional oil to the frying pan.
Cook the burgers for up to 5 minutes on each side until a golden brown colour is achieved.
Mix the rinsed spinach with the sliced red onion and avocado and dress the salad with a simple vinaigrette.
Serve the burgers with the spinach salad.
Options: Partner or kids not turkey lovers? Minced chicken, lamb or lean beef are great alternatives for these burgers for a healthy evening treat.