Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Easy Quinoa Lunch Recipe

I am no master chef and I don't claim to be, half the time I struggle to even make toast without setting the kitchen on fire. I am also not a health food freak, green things are not my friend and I would pick deep fried anything over a grilled chicken breast. That all aside, today I want to share a really simple, delicious and healthy meal that just about anyone can make in about 30 minutes! The main ingredients for this recipe is quinoa (an amazing superfood that everyone should know about!), vegetables, and a protein. It's light and filling and somedays I find myself craving this meal over my usual cheeseburger lusting!

Step One. Cook quinoa. Nothing fancy here, and I didn't photograph the steps because it's kind of boring but basically grab a bag of quinoa and follow the instructions! Really easy to make on the stove (even in a microwave!), and I love that you can make it in bulk and freeze it for later.
Step Two. Put the sausage on the stove. Or whatever meat you want to add, sometimes it's shredded chicken, other times small cubes of beef. I definitely prefer a delicious sausage cut up into bite sized pieces. The sausage I'm using is precooked so putting it on the stove is just to warm it up and get a nice sear on it. Once it is heated through I sliced it up into bite sized pieces.
Step Three. Steam the veggies. People really don't give microwaves the time of day, but they are actually very handy and easy to steam vegetables in! I took all the veggies I wanted to use, this time I chose broccoli, cauliflower, corn and edamame. After washing and chopping everything into bite sized pieces I dumped it all into a bowl, filled it half way up with water, drizzled on a little olive oil and stuck it into the microwave for 3 minutes with a plate acting as a lid. Once it was done I drained out most of the water but left maybe about a teaspoon in the bowl.

Step Four. Mix it all together. I dumped it all into the pot with the cooked quinoa and mixed it all up. I seasoned with a little salt and pepper as well as a few shakes of garlic powder.
This is a really quick and easy recipe that I love making to bring in for lunch at work. It's good either heated up in the microwave or even cold! My vegetable options were limited at the time but typically some other good options are adding in bell peppers, mushrooms, and green beans for some different colors and textures. This is one of those recipe that you can really tweak to make it your own!

1 comment:

  1. mmm looks so healthy and yummy! cant wait to try it! id love it if youd comment back xx