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Quinoa recipe that everyone will love

You can now follow Athletic-Minded Traveler on Twitter!  Our moniker is @healthytravel.  We will keep you up to date (and sometimes even entertained) on all things active and healthy.  Today, @WeightNoMoreDC tweeted about quinoa and we let her know that we had a great recipe for the amino-acid rich protein.

We like this recipe because it is flavorful, looks good, and gets rave reviews!

Why Quinoa?  Not only is it one of the ONLY grains that is a complete protein (like milk), but ONE serving packs:

  • Nearly 50% DV of Manganese
  • Over 20% for Magnesium & Iron
  • Close to 20% for Tryptophan, Copper and Phoserphous
  • 10% for B2 (Riboflavin) and Vitamin E
  • 5.5 grams of protein
  • 2.5 grams of fiber
  • and, it is gluten free

All of this for ONE Serving -- only 160 calories UNCOOKED -- ** (1/4 C uncooked will yield about 3/4 C cooked)

Quinoa with Basil Lime Dressing

Serves 4-6

Basil-Lime Dressing
•    ½ C loosely packed fresh basil leaves
•    ½ C fresh lime juice
•    1 T honey
•    1 T extra virgin olive oil
•    1 tsp sriracha chili sauce (or more to taste)
•    2 garlic cloves minced
•    Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth

Quinoa Salad
•    1 C red or white quinoa rinsed
•    2 C water
•    1 tsp salt
•    1 large ripe mango, peeled, seeded and diced large (You can use jarred mango.)
•    1 ear white corn grilled to mark well and cut from cob (OR use 2/3 C Trader Joe’s frozen charred corn)
•    2 Roma tomatoes, washed, cored and diced
•    4 green onions, washed, root end removed, thinly sliced

1.    In a saucepan over medium heat, combine water, quinoa and salt. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.  Remove lid and fluff with fork.  Set aside to cool
2.    In a bowl combine cooled quinoa, and remaining ingredients (mango, corn, tomatoes and green onion).
3.    Add dressing and mix well.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Can make up to 8 hours in advance.

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