As a busy grad student with a job and a dietetic internship, time can be hard to come by. I love easy, quick, nutritious dinners that will fill me up after a long day of class and clinicals. My favorite "grain" to make? Quinoa. Well, technically, it's not a grain, but a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. This stuff is great- complete protein, naturally gluten-free, full of fiber...what's not to love? This recipe is simple, quick, and full of so many vitamins and minerals, sure to keep ya kickin' day after day.
Lean Green Quinoa
-1 c quinoa
-2 c reduced sodium vegetable broth
-4 c chopped spinach, fresh
-2 c broccoli, chopped
-3 cloves garlic, chopped
-1 tbsp olive oil
-2 tbsp lemon juice
-1/2 c walnuts, chopped
makes 4 serving
-Add quinoa and broth in a pot, bring to bowl. Reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is done, about 15 minutes
-Lightly sautee vegetables in olive oil for 2 minutes and add lemon juice. Sautee for another 2 minutes, or until broccoli is tender
-Toss vegetables with quinoa
-Add walnuts and parmesan cheese (to taste) before serving
-Add sea salt and cracked pepper to taste
-Enjoy your meal in less than 20 minutes, start to finish!
See, healthy food can be quick, cheap, and delicious!!