Every once in awhile, I forget about quinoa. It’s the grain of the moment, and every health website spends as long as possible talking about the exciting new recipes that come up day by day. Don’t get me wrong. I love quinoa as much as the next person, but I sort of forget it’s an option when there’s black bean pasta and zucchini noodles to obsess over. This recipe was more a way to not only get rid of quinoa, but also to try something healthy with grains that would be possible to take as lunch or as a lighter dinner. It’s fairly delicious, but as a warning – I will say that unless you have lighter taste buds like my own – it may be a bit bland. Something like pesto or some more acidic vegetables like tomatoes or even a fruit like strawberry or citrus would lighten up the meal too!
- 1/3-1/2 cup quinoa, depending on how hungry you are
- bunches of feldsalat, or Rucola
- 1 stalk of broccoli
- Tofu of some sort (ideally faked minced meat- yum!)
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Cook the quinoa in a saucepan with around a 2:1 ratio to hot water.
- In the meantime, take the broccoli and chop into edible sized pieces and cook as you like. In order to preserve as many nutrients, I would opt for a good steaming, but if you prefer your broccoli boiled or even roasted: go ahead and do that (preheating needed for one of those options)
- Prep your tofu however you need to. I usually use pre-marinated, so I basically dice and that’s done. However, I would recommend maybe soaking it in some delicious peanut sauce if you want to go for more of an Asian flavour.
- Your quinoa and broccoli are probably done by now, right?
- Get a larger mixing bowl and throw together the quinoa, broccoli, tofu, and the bunches of greens of your choice. Toss together with balsamic vinegar and any other additions you felt the need to add.
Like I said, the recipe is incredibly simple – take ingredients and put together. But isn’t that most recipes in the end? The whole idea may be easy and too-much-so for you overachievers, but I can promise it’s delicious and nutritious (which is more than can be said for some recipes I post here). So if you are looking for something healthier, look no further. You can get protein, greens and healthy grains here. Imagine adding some avocado paste or even just delicious pieces of avocado and radishes! Ah! It’s always after I finish these recipes that I remember all of the ways I could have made it better. Alas.. You’ll have to do that for me. Let me know if you try new variations or have any suggestions that I could benefit from!