Quinoa is one of my favorite whole grains because it is easy to prepare and an excellent source of fiber, protein, and several essential nutrients such as magnesium, phosphorus, and folate. Additionally, it is gluten free, so a great alternative to wheat pastas for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
Quinoa is simply prepared by boiling in either water or chicken broth for just 15 min. This is much quicker than preparing brown rice which can take up to 45 minutes to cook. Use quinoa in place of pasta or rice in your favorite recipe for a delicious, nutrient-dense meal!
Here is my favorite recipe using quinoa. This is a versatile recipe that can be tailored to your family’s preference. You may omit the meat and use either chickpeas or lentils in place for additional protein. I use leftover grilled meat and vegetables to cut down on time. This balanced meal comes together in less than 30 minutes, making it an excellent weeknight dinner option as we settle into the new school year and new routines!
Quinoa Greek Power Bowl
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Serves: 4
- 3 cups cooked quinoa
12 oz cooked and chopped meat (chicken, steak or fish)
2-3 cups vegetables of your choice (grilled, roasted or raw diced vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, spinach, cucumbers)
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
½ cup kalamata olives, sliced
Pepper to taste
- Divide quinoa between 4 bowls (3/4 cup per bowl). Top with 3 oz cooked meat, 1/2-3/4 cup vegetables, 1 oz cheese, olives and cracked pepper to taste.
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