Quinoa is a known as a "whole grain", but is actually a seed originally grown in South America. It is a great food to add to your daily diet because it is a complete protein, has the most protein of any whole grain per serving, cooks quickly, is gluten and cholesterol free and is almost always organic.
You can substitute quinoa in dishes that you would normally use brown rice or noodles in. You can also eat it plain with some olive oil, sea salt and lemon!
The nutritional content of 1/3 cup of cooked quinoa is 160 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein. You will be surprised to know that ONE serving of whole grain is 1/3 cup. This means that if you are eating spaghetti or brown rice 1/3 cup is ONE serving! Fast food feeds us about 2 cups per meal--no wonder we're all fat!!!
I wanted to share with you my favorite recipe lately using quinoa, which literally takes 5-10 minutes and is a very nutrient dense, delicious meal. This meal doesn't take long to cook because of how I buy my groceries, but you can certainly prepare all of these foods individually at home, as well. I go to my local Hyvee every week and buy a carton of pre-cut veggies (green, yellow and red peppers and red onions), a carton of "fajita chicken", a bag of spinach and a bag of broccoli. You also need to have quinoa on hand, olive oil and some kind of dressing (I use sesame ginger vinegar).
I pre cook a cup of quinoa at the beginning of the week and store it in my fridge so it is ready to add to meals.
Grainy Stir Fry
Put your stove on medium heat
Use a skillet with 2 tbsp of olive oil
Add veggies-handful of spinach, cut up broccoli, a handful of pre cut peppers/onions
Add 1/3 cup of pre cut/pre cooked chicken
Add 1/3 cup pre cooked quinoa
Add dressing to flavor ~1/4 cup sesame ginger vinegar
Cover and cook for 5-8 minutes
Open and stir 2-3 times
May add sea salt to flavor and pinch lemon on top when finished.
I also add some feta cheese for flavor occasionally. YUMMY.
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