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Quinoa with carrots and toasted sunflower seeds

This recipe is entirely impromptu, and triggered by my appetite after a 3 mile run. Luckily, it turned out light and delicious, and can just as well be done with pine nuts–I just happen to have sunflower seeds. Finally, wit a cost of about $3, this is easily a sixpence recipe.

What you need:

2 cups of quinoa

1/4 cup of sunflower seeds, raw

2 large carrots

1 tea spoon of minced garlic

olive oil


sea salt.


Boil the quinoa with the carrots-chopped,  in 4 cups of water, salt to taste, and add the parsley.

In a skillet, toast the sunflower seeds with some salt, a drop of olive oil, and a tiny bit of garlic. Be sure to keep an eye on them frequently–they can burn in a matter of seconds! I toasted the seeds on medium heat until golden.

Once the sunflower seeds are ready, place them on a plate to stop the cooking. In a bowl, mix the quinoa, carrots, and sunflower seeds. The sweetness of the carrots is nicely balanced by the salty seeds, which also add crunchiness to your quinoa meal!

Enjoy! Protein, fiber, fats, and some great carotene. YUMMY!


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Why rage about quinoa

It’s almost a rule of thumb that if you are vegan, you must eat quinoa. Most of us know that it is a good source of iron, calcium, phosphorus, and fiber, and an excellent food not only for vegans but for those who have lactose intolerance. Quinoa is also protein rich, although not as rich as some beans and wild rice.

The primary reason to value quinoa as a “super food” is because it is a source of complete protein, in other words: it contains all essential amino acids necessary for the wholesome nutrition of humans and other animals, and, critically (and unlike other foods containing all essential amino acids)-does so in adequate proportions to secure sufficient intake.

To add to its fantastic nutritious qualities, I added some lemon juice, sunflower seeds, and sliced apples to a bowl of cooked, chilled quinoa for a light dinner salad, rich in protein, vitamin C, dietary fiber, and fats. With a cost of only about $2, this recipe also made it in the sixpence recipe category.


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quinoa and beans – stuffed peppers

I had a fairly stressful day today, so I did not feel like spending too much time on cooking. I thought of this in about 20 seconds and made it. I am listing it under the new category called “sixpence recipes,” after some great input from a fellow vegan.This category will contain suggestions affordable for most. The current recipe costs about $3 in ingredients ( a fraction of the cost of $8 package of quinoa–about 1/4 or less, and 1/3 of $1 for the peppers, about the same for the onion and cilantro) and about $1 for the beans.

What you need:

1/2 cup of quinoa

1/5 red onion

1 green bell pepper

1/2 cup of black beans



olive oil (about a tea spoon).

Chop up the onion and place it in a pot with 1 cup of water together with the quinoa. Add salt and a tsp of olive oil. Boil for about 15 minutes, then remove from the stove.

Place the quinoa in a plate and mix with the black beans. Chop up some cilantro add it to the quinoa and beans. Mix them up well.

Cut the top of the green pepper and remove the seeds. Stuff the pepper with the beans and quinoa mix. Done! Eat the quinoa and the container :).


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Quinoa with broccoli, peppers, and carrots

I don’t mean to brag but this is an incredibly delicious dish. Very simple, too- you need:

2 cups of quinoa

1 green bell pepper

1 large carrot

1/4 red onion

1/2 cup of broccoli

Olive oil

Sea salt.

Put the quinoa in 4 cups of water and simmer. Once the water starts boiling, add the veggies- chopped up, a tea spoon of olive oil, salt, cover and boil for 15 minutes until the quinoa is soft. Remove from the stove and place in a bowl to cool off. Eat up! Savory, a little crunchy and very flavorful.