Want an easy meal packed with the kind of protein you SHOULD be obsessed with?? This is the recipe for you. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a superfood many are now waking up to. But its not new. Its actually been around for thousands of years in other cultures. We're just late to the party! Unlike rice, which is starchy and lighter on nutrients, quinoa is packed with complete protein. A complete protein is one containing every essential amino acid your body needs to function at its finest. Those concerned about protein in a plant-based diet should definitely make quinoa their friend.
One cup of cooked quinoa has over 8 grams of protein in it. Quinoa is so nutritious you could eat a bucket of it and not gain a pound (that's why I love it!). Many people have fails with quinoa. This recipe is fool proof. The key to great quinoa is to add LESS water than you would if making rice. Too much water makes it mushy. Try this easy recipe out and let me know what you think!
1 cup quinoa 1 3/4 cups water or veggie broth
Ginger Sesame Miso: 2 tablespoons white miso
½ cup liquid aminos
2 cloves minced garlic
1 inch fresh ginger, minced
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
Stir-Fry: 2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 small white onion
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 teaspoons ginger minced
1 package of Enoki or Shitake Mushrooms
½ cup snow peas
½ bunch of asparagus, cut into 1/2” pieces
2 carrots, cut into ½” pieces
½ bunch kale, cut into ribbons
1 handful mung bean sprouts
Step 1: Mix the quinoa and broth in a pot over high heat. When the broth comes to a boil, turn heat down to a simmer and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes until all liquid has been absorbed.
Step 2: In a small saucepan combine all the ingredients for the ginger sesame miso sauce and simmer for 5 minutes to let the flavors meld. Remove from heat.
Step 3: In a wok or large pan with sides, heat coconut oil and add garlic, ginger and onions. Let simmer until brown. Add a little more oil if needed and toss in all of your veggies (except the sprouts). Give them a good mix and cover your pan so the veggies can steam. Steam for 5-10 minutes depending on how “al dente” you want your veggies.
Step 4: Scoop a large spoonful of quinoa into a bowl; add a generous helping of veggies, a spoonful of ginger miso sauce and then top with sprouts.