This is one of my favorite FAST, healthy, totally satisfying and energy-boosting recipes for lunch or dinner!
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This is a super high-protein and one of the only plant foods containing all 9 essential amino acids. (The human body cannot produce these on its own – they must be derived from food. Our bodies use amino acids to break down food, repair body tissue, and as an energy source.)
Quinoa is also an excellent source of fiber, manganese, magnesium, folate, B-vitamins, iron, copper, zinc, potassium, phosphorus and also provides small amounts of calcium, vitamin E and several antioxidants.
Although quinoa is technically a ‘seed,’ from a dietary standpoint, it counts as a whole grain food. The ancient Incan civilization referred to quinoa as “the mother of all grains”
Some of the health benefits of quinoa include: energy, muscle recovery, digestive health, and immune-boosting properties.
You can substitute brown rice in this recipe, if you prefer.
TIME SAVING TIP: BATCH IT!
Cook quinoa (or brown rice) in larger batches and store in refrigerator up to 7 days. Cooking one batch a week vs. several saves tons of time! (I usually cook 8-10 servings at a time.)
Use your pre-cooked quinoa in a variety of recipes throughout the week.