Quinoa Made Easy – Recipes for Everyone

How to cook Quinoa – its just like rice!morlife quinoa

  1. Place 1 cup of quinoa in a sieve and rinse under running water (to remove any remaining saponin content) or if you have the time, soak the quinoa for 10 minutes in a bowl of water, then rinse.
  2. Add quinoa to 2 cups water in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  3. Allow to simmer for around 10 minutes or until the water is absorbed.
  4. Remove quinoa from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes with the lid on.  Fluff quinoa gently with a fork then it is ready to use.

Remember – it’s a 1:2 ratio.  1 part quinoa to 2 parts water

Quinoa Tabbouleh


• Gluten Free  • Wheat Free  • Sugar Free  • Dairy Free  • Vegan

½ cup Morlife quinoa grain, cooked

1 cup water

2 large tomatoes – diced

5 spring onions – finely chopped

1 cup parsley – finely chopped

½ cup basil – finely chopped

¼ cup mint leaves – finely chopped

1tbs flaxseed oil

¼ cup lemon juice – freshly squeezed

1 cup sprouts

1 tbsp. Morlife Chia Seeds

  1.  Combine cooked quinoa, tomatoes, spring onions, parsley, basil, mint, flaxseed oil and lemon juice in a bow.  Stir until mixed well.
  2. Serve immediately topped with sprouts and chia seeds.

Cheesy Quinoa Kale Cakes

quinoa cakes

• Gluten Free  • Wheat Free  • Sugar Free   

2 cups cooked Morlife Quinoa Grain

2/3 cup grated cheese (or feta)

3 tbsp. buckwheat flour (or wholemeal flour for non gluten free)

1 tbsp. Morlife Chia Seeds

2 green onions, thinly sliced

1 ½ cups steamed kale, chopped

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

salt and pepper to taste

2 ½ tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Fresh Avocado slices to serve

  1.  Place all ingredients, except for the oil, into a mixing bowl and stir together until well combined. Season with salt and pepper and allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Pour oil into a large flat bottomed fry-pan and place over medium heat.
  3. Form ¼ cup patties with the quinoa mixture and place in the heated pan.  Cook quinoa patties in batches
  4. Cook quinoa cakes for about 5 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining patties until all of the cakes have been cooked. Set aside.

Quinoa Sushi Rollsquinoa sushi

• Gluten Free  • Wheat Free  • Sugar Free   • Dairy Free  • Vegan

1 ½ cup Morlife Quinoa Grain, cooked

4 nori sheets

2 tablespoons rice vinegar, or apple cider vinegar

1⁄2 small cucumber, washed and cut into batons

1⁄2 an avocado, peeled and thinly sliced lengthways

1⁄4 punnet of fresh alfalfa or snow pea sprouts

1⁄2 carrot, washed and cut into batons

  1. Combine cooked quinoa and vinegar in a bowl.
  2. Lay first nori sheet on either a cutting board or rolling mat.
  3. Spread 1cm thick layer of quinoa evenly over the sheet, leaving a 2cm strip along the top end to allow for sealing.
  4. Lay a line of cucumber, avocado, sprouts and carrot on top of the quinoa at the bottom edge (closest to you).
  5. Moisten the 2 cm strip at the top with water.
  6. Pick up the bottom edge of the sheet and carefully roll it tightly (away from you).
  7. Repeat with remaining sheets.
  8. Serve with tamari, wasabi and ginger.

 Mix it up – add your favorite ingredients to the centre and get creative.  Time honored favorites include; chicken, tuna, salmon, crab meat, prawn.  Remember with sushi, the sky is the limit!

Chocolate Almond Quinoa Cake – and yes, this one is a little naughty…quinoa chocolate cake

• Gluten Free  • Wheat Free

The chocolate cake

2 cups cooked Morlife Quinoa Grain, loosely packed

4 egg yolks

⅓ cup milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon almond extract

½ cup butter, melted

¼ cup coconut oil

1½ cups coconut sugar (or normal sugar if you don’t have coconut sugar)

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)

1½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

4 egg whites

½ teaspoon cream of tartar

1 cup ground almonds

Chocolate Almond Glaze:

4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 cup icing sugar (or Xylitol Icing Sugar or another sugar free alternative)

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon almond extract

2 tablespoons hot water

Slivered almonds for decoration

  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C. Butter a 9×2 inch round cake pan. (optional – line with baking paper to prevent sticking)
  2. Place the cooked quinoa in a blender along with the milk, egg yolks, vanilla extract, almond extract, butter and coconut oil. Blend until smooth.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a rubber spatula, stir the quinoa mixture into the sugar mixture until combined. Stir in the ground almonds.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg whites on high speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  5. Using the rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the cake batter.
  6. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean but moist.
  7. Let the cake sit in the pan for 10 minutes before carefully inverting it onto a plate and then carefully inverting it again (top side up) onto a cake platter to cool completely.
  8. To make the Chocolate Almond Glaze: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over the completely cooled cake, spread evenly over top and sides of cake. Immediately sprinkle with the slivered almonds. Allow the glaze to dry before serving.

Why not boost this recipe by including some extra goodness – try it by adding these optional goodies to the cake mix

  • 1 tbsp Morlife Alkalising Greens pH7.3 – a sneaky way to hide the power of greens from your family
  • ½ cup Morlife Goji Berries – add a fruity flavour and great texture with antioxidants to boot
  • 1-2 tbsp. Morlife Antiox Reds – give your cake a berry flavour, with an antioxidant hit as well


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