When I’m thinking about how to best prepare a dish, three essential factors come to mind: the preparation time, the flavor, and most importantly, the nutritional value.
Many believe that in order to make dinner bakes such as: chicken alfredo, pesto chicken, or eggplant parmesan, you need a really high quality bread crumb. However, it is completely false.
If you are looking for a high protein, low saturated fat, low carbohydrate and affordable substitute for fatty bread crumb crusts, quinoa is the right answer.
In order to fulfill the flavor of breadcrumb crusts, make sure you cook the quinoa encrusted chicken until it is golden brown or about 25 minutes, this will give it the irresistible crunch that breadcrumbs offer. Then top with marinara, mozzarella and basil.
Quinoa is the heart-healthy superfood of the century. Jessica Penner, a health nutritionist at Smart Nutrition says this about its nutritional value:
Quinoa is a great grain alternative for those following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. The protein in quinoa is complete, meaning that it contains all the essential protein building blocks (called amino acids) that our bodies need. Quinoa is also a good source of iron, zinc, magnesium, and manganese.
Quinoa’s healthy composition and delicious taste beat traditional breadcrumbs by a long run; so next time instead of drenching your chicken filets in flour and oily breadcrumbs, use white or red quinoa as a wholesome alternative.