Don’t Quit The Quinoa


The word is hard to pronounce [keen-wa], but that shouldn’t deter you from this healthy plant.

According to Medical News Today, quinoa has excellent levels of vitamins, like B-vitamins and vitamin E, and potassium, calcium, fiber, and protein, just to name a few. Even more, it’s a versatile ingredient in a variety of dishes.

Here are a couple winter appropriate variations to help earn your trust.

Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Chili

Those chilly days don’t stand a chance with take on a comfort favorite. This easy recipe does most of the work itself and is even easier to clean up.


First, cut your favorite peppers and chilies length-wise and broil them until the skins blacken. Peel them and chop. Heat a large pot, add oil, then add your chili staples (e.g., chili powder, onion, garlic, cumin, paprika, and more) and sauté until the onions are translucent and garlic golden. Include some zucchini for added flavor.

Next, add the roasted peppers and chilies, a ½ cup of water, and quinoa. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Winter Kale and Quinoa Salad

Trendy kale gets even trendier in this recipe. The salad is a great way to use unused vegetables (the recipe calls for squash, but you can substitute something from the pantry) while also adding a new element.


Like the previous entrée, this recipe doesn’t require much prep or cleaning. And it’s remarkably hard to mess up, making it an ideal addition for large group dinners or potlucks.

Bright pomegranate seeds add sweetness and welcome visual brightness. Sweet honey is tempered by savory walnuts and goat cheese. Overall, the salad has something for everyone.

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