If you’re anything like me you like food, but you’re super lazy when it comes to the actual cooking of the food. Don’t get me wrong, it can be fun to cook when you’re with your friends, talking and laughing over a glass of wine. But when I’m alone, I want to eat my food, not stand in the kitchen for an hour. Because of that, I’ve become the queen of quick, easy, and healthy recipes. Yup, the lazy food lovers have bent the knee for me, and I’m pretty much the Khaleesi of lazy cooking. So, in honor of that I want to share with you this easy, healthy recipe using super food quinoa.
Before we start I want to, again, point out that I’m pretty lazy. Not only when it comes to the actual cooking, but also when it comes to the dishes. It should be easy to clean up your mess, and this recipe just requires one pot, and if you have a non stick pot it’s even easier to clean up. You know what that means, right? A true win-win situation if you ask me!
Why is quinoa a super food?
Quinoa is a grain that has been dominating the western world with the claims of being the baddest health food around town. If you don’t eat quinoa, are you even a real health blogger!? Before it reached the western world, and got all trendy, quinoa has been a staple in Peru and Bolivia since, pretty much forever. It’s the typical colonization story. Westerners always try to take credit for amazing things that aren’t theirs in the first place… Either way, we are happy that quinoa turned its 15 minutes into being a true icon.
Health benefits of quinoa
First of all I can’t be the only one who really likes the name of quinoa? I mean it feels good as you say it. Quinoa. Almost like a mysterious love spell or the name of a beautiful mythical creature. This versatile grain comes in more than one version. We can find red, white, and black quinoa. What they all have in common is that they contain a lot of plant based protein, fiber, antioxidants, and all the 9 essential amino acids, making this grain the perfect protein alternative for veggie lovers. Oh, and it’s completely gluten free. Quinoa just keeps ticking all the health boxes.
For this healthy quinoa recipe, we will be using white quinoa since it’s the version which cooks the fastest. We’re all about speed here!
1 cup of white quinoa.
2 cups of water.
1/2 can of crushed tomatoes.
Vegetables of choice, I used:
Red bell pepper.
As mentioned before, this recipe is as easy as as a college kid, super drunk at their first frat party. What you need is a pot and a ladle. Simply add you quinoa to the pot, and add the water. Let it boil up, then lower the heat, and let it cook uncovered for about 10 minutes. When the water is all soaked up by the quinoa, add in some crushed tomatoes, the spices, and all the veggies. Let it simmer until it gets the consistency you like and then BAM, it’s show time! Finish off by adding some sauerkraut on top of the dish. You don’t want to heat up sauerkraut since it kills the healthy bacteria.
Enjoy your healthy quinoa dish!
Vóila my dear friends! This recipe is super easy, healthy, comes with minimal cleaning efforts, and most importantly, it’s delicious. Please let me know if you try it out!