Hey guys, Alex here! A few years ago I was introduced to quinoa when I decided to undertake Alejandro Junger’s notorious Clean Diet. For one month my best friend and I vowed to eat clean. Translation: No processed foods, no sugars, (a lot of other “no” items), while eating only organic, natural foods. This was no easy feat, trust me. Needless to say, after exhausting our taste buds of kale smoothies, spinach salads, and the like, we discovered a delicious recipe involving something called “quinoa.” At the time quinoa was a mysterious grain that had yet to break into the health food spotlight. We didn’t even know how to pronounce it! Nevertheless, after learning that quinoa was a sort of super-food—packed with protein, lots of fiber, and low on carbs—we decided to give that foreboding quinoa recipe a try… And try as we might, it was amazing! My friend and I have since become what you might call “quinoa connoisseurs.” We love to whip up our own off-the-wall quinoa creations and today I am going to share one of my favorites with you that I recently showed to Lauren…
Healthy & Quick Quinoa
- 2 cups quinoa
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- ½ cup chopped scallions
- ½ cup cranberries
- salt and pepper
- Place 2 cups dry quinoa and 4 cups of water into a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and let simmer until all of the water is absorbed, stirring occasionally. This usually takes about 15 minutes.
- Cool quinoa by pouring it into a large bowl.
- Add the rest of the ingredients into the quinoa, mixing well.
I love to make a big batch of this on Sunday nights. Throughout the week I include it in my lunches—I toss it over salads, serve it with a side of grilled chicken, or sometimes I eat it a la carte. No matter how you enjoy this delicious grain, it’s healthy, filling, and just downright delicious!
Are you going to give this quinoa recipe a try? What’s your go-to healthy lunch?
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