My Favorite Super Quick Quinoa Recipe
For those of you who have yet to make quinoa, this post is for you! Quinoa is a super easy seed (quinoa is actually a seed, not a grain) to whip up. The little seed contains all 20 amino acids and 10 essential acids our body doesn’t produce on it’s own. For plant based eaters, quinoa is a dream come true, because it is a complete protein source. One cup of quinoa contains 8 grams of protein.
To make quinoa you just need to rinse it first, then boil one cup with two cups water. Once boiling, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes. Everyone in my family loves it, even my one year old twins. My favorite recipe is best when tomatoes, corn and basil are in season; but frozen organic corn works just as well! And you can find good tomatoes and basil any time of year.
The reason I love this recipe is because it’s so simple and quick. You can remember it easily and throw it together any time you want. I often bake a chicken breast or piece of fish to serve on the side. If you’re vegan or vegetarian you can add a cup of bean soup on the side; or add black beans to the dish.
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 cup corn (fresh or frozen but thawed)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 lemon
- Fresh basil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Saute the garlic in 1 tbls olive oil for about a minute
- Add the corn and saute for 2-3 minutes or until soft
- Turn off the heat and add the cherry tomatoes, lemon and basil
- Add the cooked quinoa to the skillet and season with salt and pepper to taste
Voila! That is all you need to do. So simple and so delicious.
I used GoGo Quinoa tricolor quinoa for the dish because I love the different colors all combined. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!