Learn how to make toasted quinoa and a creamy, pesto-inspired sauce.
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“Instead of using quinoa as a side dish or for lunch and dinner, make it a main ingredient in simple breakfast recipes,” says Lisa Hayim, R.D., a New York City-based nutritionist and founder of The Well Necessities. “The grain is a versatile superfood that is low on the glycemic index, meaning it won’t spike your blood sugar. It’s also packed with complex carbohydrates that will keep you energized for the day.” Plus, “it’s naturally gluten-free and has twice as much fiber as most other grains.”
Toast the quinoa.
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“Quinoa has a naturally bitter coating on it called saponin, which is why it’s important to rinse the grain well or buy a pre-rinsed box,” explains Hayim. “After you cook the quinoa, transfer it to a baking sheet and place it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. This gives it an incredible texture and flavor.”
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