Thursday, March 29, 2012

Super Healthy Quinoa Lunch Recipe

I have recently been trying to include this super food into my diet. Quinoa contains key nutrients such as, protein, fiber, magnesium, and iron. It's benefits include overall cardio health, aids in prevention of migraines, may help prevent cancer and heart disease, aids in digestion and lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes.

I make a batch of quinoa in the beginning of the week and divide it into 1/4 cup servings for lunch. Then I add in all different fresh ingredients. One day I will add in a little maple syrup, raisins, walnuts and berries and the next day I add in ingredients like the recipe below. It is very easy to make, it doesn't take any longer than making rice; about 15-20 minutes until the liquid has been absorbed.

Zucchini and Feta Quinoa 
Makes 1 serving

Olive oil
1/4 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 zucchini- thinly sliced half moons
2 cups baby spinach
1/2 tsp Dried oregano
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes-optional
1-2 tbsp feta cheese
Lemon juice-optional

1. In a non-stick skillet heat 1 tsp olive oil over medium high heat. Add in sliced zucchini and season with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and oregano. Cook until softened; about 5 minutes. Add in baby spinach and cooked quinoa. Cook until spinach is wilted. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.

2. Place mixture into a bowl and top with feta cheese and a little squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Enjoy!

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