If you’re a health nut, you would probably know of the multiple benefits of quinoa and already swapped out your white rice meals for this super grain. It’s full of protein, gluten-free, low in calorie and fat, prevents diabetes and hypertension and can slow down the ageing process. Quinoa is also high in fibre, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and vitamins B and E.
The best part is, quinoa can also taste incredibly delicious. When chefs take this nutritious grain and turn it into a burger, salad bowl or cooked with ingredients like you would with rice – it becomes a fragrant and crunchy treat. Here are five dishes in Singapore which will turn you into a quinoa addict in no time.
1. Red Baron Quinoa Goreng, $16
Inspired by nasi goreng, this sumptuous dish was developed for those who want a low GI option or a low-carb diet. The red quinoa is cooked in a housemade prawn paste sauce with chicken and shrimps, and topped with ikan bilis and a perfectly runny sunny side-up.
Red Baron, 45 Malan Road
2. A Poke Theory Poke Bowls, from $11.50
A Poke Theory serves healthy poke bowls with a lemon herb quinoa option for those who prefer a lighter and more refreshing base. Their quinoa is prepared with chopped coriander and tossed through generous amounts of fresh lemon juice. Each poke bowl comes with punchy marinades and fish delicately topped with ikura, pickled mushrooms and an assortment of other fresh ingredients.
A Poke Theory, 27 Boon Tat Street
3. Afterglow by Anglow Quinoa and Spinach Hash Brown Burger, $20
Here’s a burger you can scarf down guilt-free. This romaine lettuce burger is packed with quinoa, spinach, goat’s cheese, rolled oats, egg and macadamia cheese sauce, and plated up with a side of sweet potato wedges and coleslaw.
Afterglow by Anglow, 24 Keong Saik Road
4. Tanjong Beach Club Date, Quinoa and Coconut Bircher Muesli, $15
Beach food doesn’t always have to be associated with burgers and fries. Pop over to Tanjong Beach Club on the weekend for their healthy date, quinoa and coconut bircher muesli – served with raspberry and banana jam, almond and pecan clusters. Your bikini body will thank you for it.
Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa
5. The Living Café Quinoa Veggie Burger, $17
This delicious quinoa veggie burger is ideal for vegans or those looking to shed a few calories. Made with carrot, celery, spinach, bell pepper sauce, onion, mushrooms, basil, balsamic reduction and raw cashew mayo, it makes for a nourishing yet flavourful brunch option.
The Living Cafe, 779 Bukit Timah Road
This story was first published on Shape.com.sg