Struggling to find quick, healthy lunch options? Let me give you un indice (also known as a hint) to make your weekday lunches a breeze.
At the beginning of the week, I often prepare 2 cups of (dry) quinoa according to the directions on the package. I store it in a large, airtight container in the refrigerator.
Quinoa makes a perfect blank slate for your weekday lunches. Let your creative juices flow! Leftover veggies or meat, fresh herbs, nuts, dried or fresh fruit: all of these make perfect additions to a quinoa bowl. Have some leftover veggies from fajitas? Throw them on a quinoa bowl and top with a poached egg and some salsa or hot sauce. Have an apple that’s gotten a little soft? Chop it up and throw it in a quinoa bowl with some almonds, chopped spinach, and turkey bacon. The options are endless!
Pair your quinoa bowl with a big handful or two of chopped baby spinach for an extra serving of leafy green goodness in your day.
Quinoa makes a perfect blank slate for your weekday lunches. Let your creative juices flow… The options are endless!
If you’re really watching your calories, you can eat your quinoa bowl sans sauce. Otherwise, you can add the vinaigrette of your choice for an added touch of flavor. For simplicity’s sake, I always keep a classic homemade vinaigrette (balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil, dijon mustard, honey, salt) mixed up in my refrigerator. Some days when I’m feeling adventurous, I mix up a dressing that I think would specifically compliment the ingredients in my quinoa bowl. When I do this, I just mix up a single serving of dressing in an espresso cup, drizzle it on, stir, and enjoy!
Making a huge bowl of quinoa at the beginning of the week can make lunch time a breeze. Plus, you can rest assured that you’re getting a nutrient packed lunch to help power you through the rest of your day. According to Eatingwell.com, quinoa has the ideal balance of amino acids that are essential for human nutrition. A complete protein, packed full of iron and fiber – no wonder they call it a superfood!