Mediterranean Quinoa

Mediterranean Quinoa

Being a pasta lover, when we adopted a healthier eating lifestyle, one of the hardest things to give up was pasta, white rice and potatoes.  The struggle is REAL!  I get it.

However, limiting your carbs, doesn’t mean you eliminate them.  I have said many times, that not all carbs are created equal.  After all, your body NEEDS carbs to produce energy.  The trick is to use whole grains what provide a multitude of nutrients to your body.

Quinoa is a terrific whole grain, actually an ancient grain, that will do exactly that!  Whole grains will actually slow down your digestion process which means a slower release of glucose into your bloodstream, and therefore, regulating your blood sugars.

Quinoa is not actually a grain, but a seed and contains all the essential amino acids and nutrients and is therefore also considered a “complete” protein, so win win on the complex carbohydrate front

The other shining star in this recipe is the use of turmeric as the primary spice.

Turmeric has long been touted as a “wonder” spice because of it’s many medicinal uses and the amazing nutritional benefits that it has. 

This particular recipe is a Mediterranean flavor explosion and is the perfect side dish accompaniment to pretty much any other protein.

Bon Appetit!

Mediterranean Quinoa

Mediterranean Quinoa

Delicious Mediterranean flavors and packed with nutrition
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: grains, quinoa, side dish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 214kcal
Author: Coach Collette
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  • 1 C quinoa
  • 2 1/2 C water
  • 1 onion medium, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • kosher salt to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBSP fresh cilantro optional


  • Prepare quinoa by measuring 1 cup of dry quinoa, place in a sieve colander and rinse.
  • Add quinoa, 2 1/2 cups of water and spices to saucepan. Stir to combine well. Bring to a boil, cover and lower heat to simmer. Cook until all liquid is absorbed (about 15-20 minutes)
  • Meanwhile, chop vegetables. Heat oil in skillet and saute vegetables until tender, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook for about 2 minutes.
  • When quinoa is cooked, add to skillet and stir to combine. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 214 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 365mg10%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 945IU19%
Vitamin C 40.8mg49%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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