I love having easy go-to lunches in my fridge. When I plan my meals ahead of time, it helps me to eat healthier and not feel the urge to snack. Lately, I’ve been eating these quinoa bowls every day so I decided to share them with all of you. Cooking one big batch of quinoa and veggies (and some chicken) will give me enough leftovers for about a week of lunches. Cook once for an entire week? That’s how I roll.
Quinoa is amazing because it contains all nine essential amino acids making it a complete protein and it contains almost twice the amount of fiber as other grains. Quinoa also is also rich in iron, B-vitamins, lysine, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Three cheers for quinoa!
To make your own Quinoa Bowl, you will need…
(I like the tricolor quinoa from Trader Joes)
pre-cooked chicken meat
seasonings (to taste)
First, cook the quinoa according to the directions on the package. I rinse my quinoa and then put 1 cup of dried quinoa into 2 cups of water on the stove. Once I bring it to a boil, I reduce the heat, cover the saucepan, and then simmer for about 10 minutes. Perfectly fluffy quinoa every time.
While the quinoa is cooking, chop your vegetables. My favorite is to use zucchini and mushrooms.
Once the veggies are chopped, it’s time to sauté them.
(Note: Along with salt and pepper, this 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joes is my absolute favorite to use on everything. It’s a blend of onion, black pepper, celery seed, cayenne pepper, parsley, basil, marjoram, bay leaf, oregano, thyme, savory, rosemary, cumin, mustard, coriander, garlic, carrot, orange peel, tomato, lemon juice and lemon oil that goes perfectly on all of these veggies.)
Once the vegetables are soft and the quinoa is ready, I put most of it into containers and stick them in the fridge for future lunches. Then I use the rest to assemble my first bowl.
Start with fresh greens.
Spring greens. Kale. Spinach. Arugula. Get creative.
Time for the quinoa.
Next I add the veggies.
Top with everything else! I add sundried tomatoes, some chicken meat, kalamata olives, goat cheese, pesto, and avocado. Feel free to alter according to your tastes and don’t be afraid to try new things.
What are some of your favorite healthy lunches?
If you decide to make a Quinoa Bowl of your own be sure to comment and let me know how it goes!