Quinoa on Jam Toasts, Anyone?

When I was first introduced to quinoa (KIN-wa), I thought of it as a staple like pasta, rice and bread, which I would have to eat less of the others to integrate the quinoa. That was OK, except I’d be limited on quinoa recipes and would often have to eat something else because quinoa is not that filling to me. I’d also be losing out on my carbs I need a lot of for my marathon training. Finally, because I wouldn’t eat quinoa every day, with it as my main source of complete protein and significant source of iron, it’d be a bit like getting protein spikes in my diet every couple of days.

Just a month later, I am finding quinoa to be among the most versatile food I eat so I can get a more constant supply of it and the very complete protein profile it carries. I do use the quinoa as a staple for dishes like quinoa salads, but I am more frequently using it with the staples to leave me fuller, get my protein most days and have my carbs for marathon training. I shared my pasta with quinoa instead of ground meat recipe the other day. Today comes quinoa with jam toasts.

This isn’t anything exotic, of course. Just a little creative and incredibly simple for your “left over” quinoa (or planned “extra”). Or a chance to get you some quinoa and its complete proteins on days when you don’t get some, or don’t want to get some from meats that come with extra stuff that might not be the greatest for you. The trick with this is to keep a little quinoa any time you make it for the next chance you get to eat toasts, which I don’t recommend to be more than 24 hours after you make your quinoa. Making quinoa just for this isn’t worth your while given how little quinoa you need.

Quinoa on jam toasts

  • A couple of tablespoons of cooked quinoa per slice of bread
  • As many slices of bread as you like (enriched bread recommended)
  • Your favourite jam with bread
On top of each slice of bread, spread a healthy layer of jam. Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of quinoa on the jam, using the spoon to distribute more evenly if your quinoa is a little sticky. Quinoa made for this purpose is best on the slightly dry side so absolutely no more than 2:1 water to quinoa ratio by volume.

Eat one slice at a time, not like a sandwich. You get your carbs, sugars and protein, along with whatever else is in your bread and jam, in a quick and simple meal that is great for breakfast or lunch or a snack at some odd time!

Please click here for my other quinoa recipes.

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