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Meal-Planning Monday: Quinoa!

One of the best things about getting settled into our new place is being able to cook healthy dinners again.  After several weeks of moving and unpacking, we’re a little bit tired of getting takeout.

After getting married, I got into the habit of planning out my meals for the week every Monday before heading to the grocery store.  I love searching through food blogs and recipe sites to find new inspiration and new recipes to try out.  Planning our meals, compiling an organized grocery list, and going grocery shopping with the little one has become a Monday ritual.  It is definitely the key to success when it comes to sticking to a clean and healthy diet.

Lately I’ve been intrigued by all of the delicious looking quinoa recipes I’ve found.  Quinoa is a grain-like, edible seed and is considered by many to be a “superfood.”  It is high in complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids.  What sets it apart from grains with higher protein contents is the inclusion of the amino acid lysine.  Lysine promotes tissue growth and repair.  It is also a good source of iron, calcium, many B vitamins, folate, and phosphorus.

Quinoa is a versatile food – try it as a side dish or main course salad, or serve it with fruits and nuts for breakfast.

Here are some tasty recipes I’ve found around the web:

Quick Caprese Quinoa with Homemade Basil Oil at How Sweet Eats

Breakfast Quinoa with Toasted Coconut, Almonds, and Fresh Mango at Joy the Baker

Red Quinoa and Black Bean Salad at The Church Cook. View a step-by-step tutorial with photos of this recipe here.

Quinoa Pancakes at The New York Times


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