Quinoa is gluten-free and considered a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids. It also has many vitamins as well as iron and fiber to keep you feeling full. Most grocery stores now carry it and it may seem expensive for a small container, but a little goes a long way with quinoa. With it being a great source of protein, I consider the price comparable to purchasing a meat, which is usually one of the higher-priced items in your shopping budget. But what do you do with it? It's one of those new hipster super foods that's wildly trendy (and also very bland) that you may want to incorporate into a meal but don't know how. Here's one great recipe that we make during our travels that keeps us satisfied and provides lots of energy for outdoor activities.
- 1 Cup Quinoa
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp Curry Powder
- 3/4 Cup Water
- 3/4 Cup Apple Cider
Mix Into Cooked Quinoa
- 1 Red Pepper
- 1 Yellow Pepper
- 1/2 Cup Matchstick Carrots
- 1/2 Cup Onion
- 1/2 Cup Peas
- 1 Tbsp Agave
Topping and Wrap
- 1 Avocado cubed
- 1/2 Lime
- 1 Package Tortillas or Lavash Wraps
1. Heat Quinoa ingredients in a pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 11 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Keep the lid on the pot during this entire time. No need to stir - quinoa will cook best without removing lid.
2. During this time, cook veggies in a separate pot. Add sliced red pepper, sliced yellow pepper, chopped onion and matchstick carrots to a pot with a little water. Cover and simmer until al dente. I get a bag of steamer peas instead of cooking them on the stove. Microwave the bag of peas or cook them with your other veggies.
3. Chop avocado into cubes and put into small bowl. Squeeze lime juice over avocado and lightly stir.
4. Add cooked veggies to quinoa mixture and mix in agave for added sweetness.
5. Add desired amount of quinoa mixture to tortilla or lavash wrap (slightly heat tortilla for better wrapping). Top with avocado and wrap it up!
Serve and Enjoy!
I serve it with the remainder of peas from my steamer bag as a side dish or a side salad. Cooking for only two, I usually have plenty left over and it makes for an easy throw-together lunch for the next couple of days. Finish with a healthy and delicious dessert of fresh pineapple.
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