To nourish your mind as well as your body

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.

-Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Quintessential Quinoa

When on the lookout for an easy, portable lunch meal, you need look no further than quinoa for your starting point. This protein-rich seed is a delicious and healthy way to make a one-bowl meal filling and nourishing. Not to mention, it's a perfect non-spilling meal to carry with you wherever you go.

So, are you looking for a healthy, delicious, easy to make meal that will leave you full and feeling good? Try this one out.

Quintessential Quinoa Bowl
(serves 6)

1 cup uncooked quinoa, cooked to direction (replace water in directions with chicken or vegetable broth)
three handfuls spinach
1/4 cup minced garlic
1 can unsalted red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 red onion, diced
16 oz baby bella mushrooms, diced
16 oz white mushrooms, diced
1 can sweet peas, drained and rinsed
1/2 tablespoon sunflower oil
salt and pepper to taste

Prepare 1 cup quinoa as directed (replacing water in directions with chicken or vegetable broth) in a large pot.

In a large skillet, add sunflower oil, garlic, and onions over medium heat and cook til the onions are translucent and the garlic is beginning to brown. Next add the spinach and cook until wilted. Next add the mushrooms and cook those until softened. Finally, add the peas and kidney beans, stirring to combine all flavors.

When the quinoa is finished, add all vegetables from the skillet to the quinoa pot and stir until thoroughly mixed. Add salt and pepper as desired. Serve hot.

This dish reheats magnificently, so feel free to make a batch at the beginning of the week and ease up your cooking schedule for the next four days. Go on. Have a peace. :)

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