Vegetable Quinoa

November 16, 2013 by 3 Comments

Need an easy, cheap, & healthy meal?  This is a go to in our family because you can use left-over veggies and not mess with making meat so it makes it pretty affordable and its also healthy! :)  Try it out!  Best of all, the whole family likes it!

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Ingrediants:

  • 1 Cup of dried Quinoa
  • Add any left-over vegetables you have on hand.  In this picture I had left-over asaparagus and cherry tomatoes.
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced.
  • 2 or 3 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 TablespoonsBalsamic  (really loving this added flavor to really any Quinoa I make)
  • Dash of salt/pepper

Directions:

  • Make the Quinoa as said on package.  We buy ours from Costco because it seems to be the cheapest for the large bag.
  • Chop vegetables and mix all together.
  • Serve warm or fridge cold.

*Found these benefits below for Quinoa on this website: http://www.forbes.com/sites/juliewilcox/2012/06/26/7-benefits-of-quinoa-the-supergrain-of-the-future/

Here are seven health benefits of quinoa:

1. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids.

2. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains. Fiber is most widely known to relieve constipation. It also helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids, and may help you to lose weight (it takes a longer time to chew than does other foods because it makes you feel fuller for longer and is less “energy dense,” which means it has fewer calories for the same volume of food).

3. Quinoa contains Iron. Iron helps keep our red blood cells healthy and is the basis of hemoglobin formation. Iron carries oxygen from one cell to another and supplies oxygen to our muscles to aid in their contraction. Iron also increases brain function because the brain takes in about 20% of our blood oxygen. There are many benefits of iron; it aids in neurotransmitter synthesis, regulation of body temperature, enzyme activity and energy metabolism.

4. Quinoa contains lysine. Lysine is mainly essential for tissue growth and repair.

5. Quinoa is rich in magnesium. Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels and thereby to alleviate migraines. Magnesium also may reduce Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control. Other health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.

6. Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2). B2 improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to help create proper energy production in cells.

7. Quinoa has a high content of manganese. Manganese is an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.

Comments

3 Responses to “Vegetable Quinoa”
  1. I need to try this Anna! I totally need more energy and it looks real yummy, too!

    XO, Aimee

  2. Ali says:

    This recipe sound awesome the picture in amazing!! I can’t wait to test out your recipe!! Yum!!
    You have awesome recipes!!

    Love, Ali

  3. Ali says:

    This recipe sound awesome the picture is amazing!! I can’t wait to test out your recipe!! Yum!!
    You have awesome recipes!!

    Love, Ali

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