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Quinoa Oat Granola - Gluten Free

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Sorry for the lack of recipe posts! I realized I hadn't made granola in FOREVER. I had wanted to try something different from the typical varieties I make, so I decided to test out a recipe with quinoa! Success!! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rainbow quinoa (can use any variety)
  • 1/4 cup gluten free oat bran
  • 1/2 cup gluten free quick cook oats (could do regular rolled oats as well)
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon (yes I like a lot of cinnamon!)
  • pinch of salt (optional, I do not add)
  • 1 egg white whisked/mixed well
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar or honey
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • about 1/2 cup nuts , I used walnuts and almonds . sunflower seeds also great! 
  1.  In saucepan or microwave melt your coconut oil (combine honey with it if yours it super thick). In the meantime whisk 1 egg white in your large mixing bowl.
  2. add quinoa, oat bran, oats , cinnamon and nuts into the large bowl with egg white and mix together. Then add in your coconut oil and honey , mix well. 
  3. lay out on a pan lined with parchment paper and bake for about 20 min in a 350 degree oven.  Tim may vary depending on how big a sheet pan you used and how spread out the mix is, and how hot your oven gets. mix granola half way to make sure all edges get browned a bit.  Enjoy! 

Usage Tip: Great topped over siggis plain Icelandic yogurt with berries (my favorite way to eat it!) or to munch on with morning coffee or tea! Can even be great for a quick pre workout snack on the go, OR mixed with some almond or soy milk for a desert! 

Healthy Spicy Quinoa Turkey "Casserole"

I believe there are two kinds of people in the world, those who can cook a meal with no measuring, eyeballing every amount and having it come out fantastic! and those who no matter how exact they follow a recipe, it doesn't quite come out like it should. I like to think of myself as a very humble person, but I am lucky to be the former of those two types of people!

Today I decided I was going to make something that would utilize the leftover quinoa that I had in the fridge, already cooked as well as a block of cheddar cheese. So I went to the store and just decided to pick up what looked good, or what was on sale! I had in my mind to make something along the lines of stuffed peppers, without the stuffed pepper part, and ended up with this delicious dish! Now I know "casserole" is not always a word you would associate with being healthy, but when trying to think of a name for this dish, that was exactly it! Casseroles don't have to be cream covered and unhealthy, this will prove it!  Here are the ingredients, and as I said above, I am an no measuring type of cook, I use my eyes and just go with the flow....but I will try to give an approximate of measurements below...

  • Cooked rainbow quinoa (about 4 cups worth, and can use any type of quinoa or even rice)
  • 1 package of 99% lean ground turkey (chicken works too)
  • 1 can organic fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can no salt added black beans
  • 1 cup diced red pepper
  • 1 cup diced orange pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernals
  • 1/2 tbsp. chilli pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Worchester sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp. sirracha hot sauce (optional)
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves crushed garlic
  1. In a large skillet, heat your olive oil, then add onions, peppers, zucchini and garlic. Cook down for about 10 min until everything is soft, then put in separate bowl
  2. Add a little more olive oil to the pan and then add your ground turkey, cover and cook until about 75% done. Then add beans, tomatoes, Worchester sauce, chilli pepper and pepper. and mix together , chopping up ground turkey so its in bite size pieces . Add your peppers/onion and zucchini mix back into the pan.
  3. in a casserole pan, lay your cooked quinoa down, then add all the turkey and veggies. Squirt about 1-2 tbsp. sirracha on top , then top with all your cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake for about 20 min on 350 just to get all the cheese bubbly.

Although I was making this primarily with my husband in mind, I did take a few bites without the cheese and it was very good. I usually make my stuffed peppers with similar ingredients, just all stuffed inside a whole peppers, and usually with a blend of wild rice and quinoa. This was very similar however had more of a Mexican taste with the spices! It was a "top 10" dish my husband said, so give it a try!!! Super easy and great for kids too!