Last month we initiated the idea of simple meal prep by discussing the concept of pre-cooking your protein for easy lunches and dinner prep, but you are going to need something to go along with that perfectly prepared protein, right? It is time you learned the power and versatility of quinoa.
A grain crop grown for its edible seed, quinoa has found popularity with health enthusiasts the last few years despite the fact it has been around for a long time (it was a staple crop of the Inca Empire).
A cup of quinoa contains:
8 grams of protein; it contains all nine essential amino acids
39 grams of low glycemic carbohydrates
5 grams of fiber
Contains minerals like magnesium and iron
And it is LOADED with B vitamins
And cooking quinoa is a cinch. If you can boil water, you can make quinoa.
Here are the steps we use:
1. Rinse 1 cup of quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer under running water.
2. Put the rinsed quinoa in a 2 qt. saucepan with a tight-fitting lid and pour 1 ¾ cups broth (or
water…but broth adds more flavor) in the pan with the quinoa. Add ½ teaspoon of salt (I like sea
salt or kosher salt) and stir.
3. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil. When it starts to boil, cover the pot with the lid and turn the
heat down to the lowest setting and let it cook for 15 minutes.
4. Let stand for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork and enjoy.
This will make about 3 cups of cooked quinoa.
One of my favorite things to do for lunches is to combine deer tenderloin and a serving of quinoa for a protein packed and filling lunch. I am a BIG heat guy so I will pour spicy BBQ sauce over the combination and warm-up in the microwave for lunch. Quinoa is also a fantastic substitute for rice and works great in a wrap.
Did I mention versatility? Click Here to get breakfast recipes using quinoa!
Give this power seed a try by adding it to your meal prep planning and stay #FitToHunt!
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