Multi-Seed & Quinoa Granola Topping

This is a variation of granola that I like to use as a topping for smoothie bowls, non-dairy yogurt or overnight Chia & Oats for breakfast! This topping is super-high in protein due to the quinoa and seeds… plus it includes good fats like coconut oil and just a touch of sweetness! This crunchy topping is the perfect contrast in texture for a smoothie bowl or yogurt, or it can be enjoyed alone as a snack, or with some plant-based milk as a cereal!

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients:
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup quinoa, uncooked
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 T sesame seeds
1 tsp cinnamon

In a small saucepan, heat:
3 T unrefined virgin coconut oil
2 T agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir.
Spread evenly on parchment-lined baking sheet using a spoon or spatula.
Bake for 23-25 min at 325 degrees until golden brown (watch closely not to burn).

 

 

Let cool completely and break up using spatula.
Store in an air-tight container.

 

 

 

Enjoy this granola topping for breakfast or any time of day!
It’s pictured here as a topping for a berry-banana smoothie bowl!

Asian-style Quinoa and Veggies

Here’s another one of my easy Meatless Monday ideas with only 4 main ingredients!! Quinoa with veggies and Asian-style sauce. (One serving of quinoa has 8 grams of protein! You can find it in most supermarkets, as well as Trader Joe’s) You can substitute or add other veggies as well!
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 1 cup uncooked quinoa, well-rinsed
 2 cups Veggie broth/water
 Broccoli
 Mushrooms

Sauce:
2 Tblsp soy sauce or tamari
2 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp toasted sesame oil (or olive oil)

 

 

Bring veg broth/water to boil.
Add quinoa, return to boil, cover and simmer 20 min until quinoa is translucent.
While quinoa is cooking, cook broccoli & mushrooms (boil, steam, stir-fry or saute) I like to boil/steam broccoli & saute mushrooms.
Mix quinoa, broccoli and mushrooms together
Mix sauce ingredients and add to mixture (plus some garlic powder and powdered ginger)

There you have it! Enjoy!