HOW TO: Cook Quinoa!

ImageToday I’m going to share with you a very simple but incredible MEAL PREP TIP! We all know I love meal prepping, and we all know how important it is to have clean, healthy meals throughout the day.  When you prepare your meals ahead of time, you’re SURE you’re always getting the best nutrition in your body, you know how everything is made, you can control your portions and your macros, and you won’t be tempted to get bad and low-nutrient food because you forgot to make your lunch! Packing your meals for the day is an absolutely ESSENTIAL part of a healthy lifestyle. If you want to be healthy, fit and beautiful, then you’ve GOT to start planning your meals and packing them with you. Eating every 2-3 hours keeps your metabolism running quickly and smoothly, and this allows you to keep burning those calories at rest. When you DON’T eat, instead of “losing weight” as some people think, your body actually hangs onto fat because it thinks it’s starving!

Got that?

EATING = HEALTHY, FIT AND GORGEOUS.
NOT EATING = OVERWEIGHT, UNHAPPY AND UNHEALTHY.

So PLEASE, DO NOT starve yourself! Eat a healthy meal every 2-3 hours (depending on your personal caloric needs, the size and density of the meals will vary) and drink LOTS of water and exercise DAILY. Voila!

OK, getting off my soapbox… that was just a little refresher! Onto the main event.

QUINOA is an amazing food – full of highly-useable and easily digestible protein & amino acids, high in iron, magnesium and fiber. The perfect addition to a healthy, plant-strong lifestyle, and it’s really easy to make, too! There are 3 common types of quinoa available, give them all a try and see which one you like better! There’s the most popular white variety (shown in the package in my photo, I bought mine at Costco), the red one (shown in the pan, I just finished mine off) and a black one.

*One cup dried quinoa = approx 3 cups cooked*
*Use the 2:1 ratio – 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa*

HOW TO:
1. Rinse your quinoa in a strainer for 1-2 minutes (this makes it less bitter-tasting).
2. Place in a pot with water, some salt & herbs (optional – I used pink himalayan salt & organic dried Italian herb mix) with the 2:1 ratio. You can also use low-sodium vegetable broth or a bouillon cube for more flavour.
3. Bring to a rolling boil.
4. Once it is boiling, lower the heat and cook & cover for 15 mins.
5. After 15 mins, turn off the heat and let it stand with the lid on.
6. After 5 mins, remove the lid, fluff the quinoa gently with a work and ENJOY!

You can pre-portion out the quinoa into Tupperware and mix with roasted or fresh veggies, canned or cooked beans, tomato sauce, pesto, any other type of pasta sauce, more herbs, chickpeas, lentils, hummus… ANYTHING that you think would taste supper yummy. It’s EASY to mix into any recipe once the quinoa is cooked simply. You can add it to salads, to soups, and if you cook it simply with water, you can use it as a substitute for oats in the morning! Drizzle some maple syrup, add some cinnamon, some nuts and a little scoop of protein powder and mix, and YUM!

What are some of your fave quinoa recipes? Share it with us in the comments below! ❤

Peace, love and lotssss of plant-based protein,
xx Laura

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3 thoughts on “HOW TO: Cook Quinoa!

  1. love quinoa!
    garlic, olive oil, lemon juice&zest, cherry tomatoes&sundried tomatoes, TONS of fresh basil! soo yummy n fresh in summertime 😉

  2. thanks for sharing – I still need to try out the red & black quinoa! our most favorite kind of quinoa is mixing the cooked (only with a liiiiiittle bit of salt) quinoa with some crushed, roasted almonds and some coconut oil/butter – you HAVE to try it, I swear it tastes heeeaaavenly!!!!!
    today I had you oven baked sweet potatoe for lunch from the precious recipe – omg – I wished for tripple the size to eat hahahaha

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