Good Morning!

Lately I’ve been adding more healthy grains into my diet…I feel like they keep me full longer and give me a push throughout the day.  I’ve been eating more oats for breakfast, Ezekiel bread, brown rice, and QUINOA!  I try to get the right amount of carbs, proteins, and fats so I can maintain a proper balance, that just right for me.

I haven’t made quinoa in a while and the other night I was doing a little bit of prep work in the kitchen when I realized quinoa was actually easier to make than brown rice.  You don’t have to do much except for rinse if needed, boil, and fluff with a fork 🙂  I love the flavor too.

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“Quinoa, pronounced “keen-wah” is broadly referred to as a grain, although technically, it isn’t one.  Quinoa is what one would call a “pseudo-cereal,” because it is eaten and cooked like a grain and has similar nutritive properties, though it is not a true member of the true grass family. The quinoa plant is actually in the same family as beets, Swiss chard, and spinach.  Quinoa may be having an identity crisis, but its remarkable nutrient density puts many grains to shame, specifically in terms of protein, fat, and mineral content.  ”

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Quinoa is so versatile because it can be eaten hot or cold, and it blends well with so many ingredients!

Here is a simple recipe using tons of super foods that I literally made in ten minutes since I already had my quinoa made and ready to go!

Quinoa Energy Bowl — Recipe Adapted from Trajer Joe’s Website

quinoa bowl

  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup frozen edamame
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 Gala Apple- chopped
  • 1/2 Avocado- cubed
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Splash of Lemon Juice

Directions:

  1. Prepare edamame and quinoa in separate pots according to instructions.  This is where the cooked quinoa comes into play making this super fast and easy to put together.
  2. Chop apple and avocado.
  3. Now, Add all ingredients together in a bowl.
  4. Lastly, add salt and pepper and a splash of lemon juice to taste.
  5. Chill and serve!
  6. Top with sliced almonds if desired.

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This should make 2-3 servings depending on if you are making it for a meal or a side dish.  I think it would taste awesome with some tuna mixed in for even more protein!

How many times do you think the word quinoa was used in this post!?  🙂

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