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Turmeric Spiced Quinoa » Simple and Healthy Recipe! ✅

This turmeric spiced quinoa recipe is a great option as a side dish. Not only is it healthy and delicious, but it can go with just about any meal!

Turmeric-Spiced Quinoa is an easy accompaniment to recipes like our Chicken Harissa or Chicken Za’atar.

In general, quinoa has a mild, nutty flavor, and the seasoning for quinoa consists of various herbs and spices that go better with food.

Today we will show you how to flavor quinoa with turmeric for more flavor and health benefits!

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Ingredients you will need

  • Chicken soup – You can replace it with vegetable broth or water if you want to keep it vegan.
  • Garlic powder – This adds a little extra flavor to the quinoa. You can replace it with fresh or frozen minced garlic if you prefer. If you do, you’ll need to lightly toast the garlic in the pot before adding the rest of the ingredients in step 1.
  • Turmeric Powder: This is a widely used spice in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking. It has a bright mustard yellow appearance and an earthy flavor. It can usually be found in the spice aisle of your supermarket.
  • Salt – We use kosher salt for this recipe, but you can also use table salt or sea salt.
  • quinoa – This is a gluten-free whole grain. We use white quinoa because it has a mild flavor and smooth texture. You can use the other varieties but each one has its own flavor and texture.

Instructions

We’ll show you how to make good quinoa in just three simple steps.

Step 1: prepare the cooking liquid. Pour the broth, garlic powder, turmeric, and kosher salt into a small saucepan and mix. Heat the liquid over medium-high heat until it boils.

Step 2: Add the quinoa. When the liquid has come to a boil, add the quinoa. Pour it into the liquid and then incorporate it.

Lower the heat and cover with a lid. Let it simmer for 15-20 minutes until the liquid has been completely absorbed.

Step 3: unmold and serve. Once the liquid is absorbed, the quinoa is ready. Remove from heat and remove lid. Fluff the quinoa with a fork, then re-cover the pot and let it sit off the heat until ready to serve.

What is quinoa?

Quinoa can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with it. What’s that? How to pronounce? How can I do it right? Lucky for you, we have all those answers and more.

Quinoa (KEEN-wah), often considered one of the world’s healthiest foods, has been eaten by people around the world for over 7,000 years. There are more than 3,000 varieties of this superfood, however, the three most common are red, black and white. Each variety has its own flavor and texture.

  • White is the most common as it has a light flavor and a softer, fluffier texture.
  • Red is heavier and has a stronger flavor. Retains red color after cooking is a great option if you want to add some color to your food.
  • Black is similar to red, but with a slight sweetness.

Is quinoa good for you?

Quinoa has many health benefits. It is rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory plant compounds, B vitamins, and other beneficial vitamins such as folic acid, magnesium, zinc, and iron.

It also supports metabolic health by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, total cholesterol, and overall body weight. It can also help with blood sugar regulation and is gluten free!

Do you like the gluten-free aspect of quinoa? Then you’ll also love these gluten-free recipes:

The best thing about quinoa is that it is very easy to incorporate into your diet. It has 5g more fiber than white rice., which is one of the many reasons people often use it as a healthier substitute for rice. You can try it yourself by replacing the rice in these recipes with quinoa:

Do I need to rinse the quinoa before cooking it?

While it’s perfectly safe to eat unrinsed, you may want to rinse the quinoa before cooking. Quinoa has a natural coating called saponin that can give it a bitter taste when cooked. If you pour the quinoa into a fine mesh strainer and rinse it under cold water for a minute or two, it rinses away the saponin.

Rinsing the quinoa also helps soften it, which will allow it to open up more during cooking giving it a smoother texture. It is truly a personal preference for the flavor and texture of quinoa. You can try it with and without rinsing and see which one you like better.

Health benefits of turmeric

But what about turmeric? Does it have any advantages besides the delicious taste? I’m so glad you asked! Turmeric, one of the main spices in curry powder, is also packed with powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects. These properties allow turmeric to help delay aging and fight chronic diseases.

It is scientifically proven to improve heart health, prevent Alzheimer’s, metabolic syndrome, arthritis and cancer. It’s great for the brain and can even help with depression!

Do you want more turmeric in your life? Try these delicious recipes:

how to store it

Preparing this dish in advance is very simple.

Cook the dish and let it cool completely before storing.

Storage in the refrigerator: Pack your turmeric spiced quinoa in an airtight container. It can be a Tupperware container with a lid or just a sealable plastic bag. Be sure to let all the air out when sealing.

It can be kept in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.

Freezer storage: Pack your turmeric spiced quinoa in an airtight container. It can be a Tupperware container with a lid or just a sealable plastic bag. Be sure to let all the air out when sealing.

It can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.

how to heat it

Refrigerator: Place the quinoa in a microwave safe dish with 2 tablespoons of water added. Wet a paper towel and place it on top of the bowl. Microwave 2 minutes, stir, and (if necessary) microwave 1 more minute.

Freezer: At the time of use, put in the refrigerator to defrost for 24 hours.

Once thawed, place the quinoa in a microwave safe dish with 2 tablespoons of water added. Wet a paper towel and place it on top of the bowl. Microwave 2 minutes, stir, and (if necessary) microwave 1 more minute.

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Turmeric Spiced Quinoa

This turmeric spiced quinoa recipe is a great option as a side dish. Not only is it healthy and delicious, but it can go with just about any meal!

  • Pour broth, garlic powder, turmeric, and salt into a small saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until boiling.

  • Once it has boiled, add the quinoa, lower the heat and cover with a lid. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is completely absorbed.

  • Remove from heat and remove lid. Fluff the quinoa with a fork, then re-cover the pot and let it sit off the heat until ready to serve.

Serving Size: 0.75 cup, Calories: 171kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 264 mg, Potassium: 284 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 1 g, Vitamin A: 10 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 22 mg, Iron: 2 mg

Nutritional Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API that recognizes ingredient names and quantities and performs calculations based on serving sizes. Results may vary.

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