Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lean Green Quinoa

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

-parmesan cheese

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!!


  1. I just discovered your blog and this recipe looks really good! I only discovered quinoa about a year ago but have not been too successful at making up my own recipes. I'm looking forward to trying it for dinner sometime this week!

  2. Thanks! Let me know how you liked it!

  3. Just tried this for dinner tonight. Awesome! Keep up the good work!