I am quite literally obsessed with quinoa. Quinoa is one of the few plant-based foods that provide a complete source of protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. This makes it an excellent choice for vegetarians and vegans. It's also packed with essential vitamins and minerals like magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and folate. It's also a good source of fiber and antioxidants. There are just so many health benefits from eating quinoa and with the right seasonings it's honestly irresistible to me!
I'm sharing this as a side-dish OR a midday snack. I make a big batch of quinoa whenever I make it so I always have extra already cooked in the fridge. Whenever I'm in a rush or need a quick healthy snack I can just throw some quinoa in a bowl, maybe add some greens, beans, whatever veggies I have and some dressing and it's a super filling, delicious choice.
1 cup of quinoa
1.5 c water
handful of cilantro
squeeze of lemon
salt, pepper, cayenne to taste
Step 1: Cook the quinoa
Bring 1.5c water to a boil and then add your quinoa. Get the water back up to a boil before lowering to a simmer and covering it with a lid. Set a timer for 12 minutes. You'll know it's done when there's no water left in the bottom of the pot. Once it's done cooking, turn the heat off and let it sit with the lid on for 10-15 more minutes.
Step 2: Chop veggies
While that's cooking, chop up your veggies, open your cans of beans, whatever you want to add! This would be a great time to chop EXTRA veggies to have on hand for the rest of the week.
Step 3: Mix together
I like to get a bowl ready FULL of greens - spinach, kale, arugula, whatever I have. Then I drizzle lemon, olive oil, and salt and mix that really well. When the quinoa is done cooking I add that to the bowl of greens. The heat from the quinoa wilts the greens a bit without actually cooking them, which I LOVE.
Step 4: Add the rest
Simply add the rest of your ingredients, seasonings, and enjoy!
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