Breakfast bowls, Greek bowls, burrito bowls, Buddha bowls…a side dish, a main dish, a great packed lunch! I like this new fad! Here are a few things you can put in your
sliced avocado roasted broccoli
boiled eggs roasted chickpeas
roasted or pickled beets roasted sweet potatoes
pickled red onions shredded brussels sprouts
toasted pine nuts hummus
mung beans roasted eggplant
roasted tomatoes feta
mushrooms shredded carrots
spinach roasted red peppers
goats cheese berries
almond butter mint
black beans cilantro
Make it Mexican, mediterranean, Indian, Asian…I guess I should stop here. The possibilities are endless!
Here’s what I put in mine: 1 cup dry quinoa, cooked, 2 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme and 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts. I had about 2 cups of leftover butternut squash, so I used that. I had already peeled and chopped it into small pieces for a previous recipe and hadn’t used it all. I added some chopped onion and roughly chopped garlic, olive oil, salt and freshly ground pepper and roasted it at 400°, checking every 15 minutes until golden on the edges.
Boil quinoa according to package directions.
To toast pine nuts, cook over low heat in a dry skillet, turning constantly until light golden.
I placed 1 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a medium sized skillet and melted butter over medium heat, stirring continuously until the butter and oil begin to brown slightly, about 2 minutes. I added my prepared sage until it sizzled and then removed it from the heat.
I then tossed the cooked quinoa with the squash and sage browned butter mixture, along with the toasted pine nuts.
What is quinoa, you ask? Other than some tiny beads that become squiggly little weird, hairy things after you cook them? Quinoa is a whole grain that contains all 9 essential amino acids, the building blocks for protein. See related post: The Udder Truth About Milk
For those of you with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, quinoa is gluten-free, is packed with protein and is a good carbohydrate source! So, what about that low carb diet?
With 6 grams of protein in a single serving, this is an outstanding option for a meatless meal!
Half of your grains should be whole and YES!, you need grains. See related post: Let’s Crunch Numbers!
Whole grains provide fiber which promotes digestive and heart health. Research now shows whole grains also contains multiple vitamins and minerals, plus high levels of antioxidants.
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