Rosemary & Red Pepper Quinoa Bowl
I am ALL about a quick and healthy meal! Although I am learning to enjoy cooking a little more, it's tough to beat something that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, especially during the week. I long to be the person who clears my mind and re-energizes by trying new and challenging recipes in our cozy kitchen surroundings. Instagram romanticizes the process, but for me, the reality is far from the fantasy. So my husband and I go out to eat A LOT. So much so, that we are making "Cooking at Home" a 2016 resolution (more on those later this week). We are pretty lucky to have so many incredible restaurant options where we live, and I have drawn inspiration from a few of my favorite dishes around town.
The one thing I do love about cooking is using ingredients that are not only healthy, but also versatile! The natural flavor of quinoa is relatively bland, making it a perfect canvas to add a plethora of nutrient-dense and flavorful vegetables to the mix. I've tried a variety of different veggies with it, and this one is by far my favorite!
This recipe's vegetable combo packs some seriously amazing nutrients to your meal! The dish is full of fiber, vitamins C, E, B3, and B6, as well as the minerals iron, folate, and selenium. All of which aid in digestion, kidney and liver function, the brain and nervous systems, immune system, and metabolism. If you've been following along for a while, you've probably noticed that I use Rosemary in about 60% of my recipes. While I do love the flavor of this herb, I'm also impressed by the benefits it contains. Rosemary is a rich source of anti-oxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory compounds, making it a wonderfully appropriate addition to post-holiday meals (buh-bye bloat)!
For all the guys (ahem.. my husband) who are currently wondering "but where is the protein?..", while quinoa is a gluten-free grain, it is also the only non-animal product that contains all 9 amino acids. Therefore, it is considered a complete protein. However, if you insist on adding meat, this dish is also really delicious with baked chicken or soft boiled eggs!
Quinoa bowls are one of my favorite things to make if I'm batch cooking for the week ahead! I normally like to store the quinoa and vegetables in separate glass containers, especially since I end up with more vegetables with this recipe. Throughout the week, I typically add the vegetables to an egg scramble, or eat them as a side by themselves, allowing me to mix it up a little more!
I hope this will give you an easy go-to dinner option during your busy week! Happy last Monday of 2015!