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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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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

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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