In my daily scouring of Pinterest this morning, I stumbled upon quinoa bowl recipes (search sometime on Pinterest for "Quinoa Bowl Recipes". You'll drool. I promise). I found a million different, mouth-watering recipes for "quinoa bowls" - essentially quinoa, in a bowl, with a variety of different additional ingredient options.
This picture caught my eye (because, well, how couldn't it?!):
It linked to this recipe:
OPTIONAL TOPPING INGREDIENTS
I didn't have many of those things in my fridge, and didn't want to use some of them, so I did what any good fridge-scavenger would do...I dug through my leftovers and made it up as I went along...I'm pretty technical like that when it comes to cooking ;-)
In my bowl I included:
2 oz Cooked Quinoa
1/8 c Diced Avocado
1/3 c "Santa Fe" mix (a frozen bag of black beans, corn, peppers and onions)
4 oz Shredded Chicken
1/8 c Shredded Mexican Cheese
1 tbsp Organic Salsa
Grams from Fat: 13; Protein: 32; Carbohydrate: 27
Total Calories: 363
I mixed together the quinoa, Santa Fe mix, Chicken, and cheese, and microwaved it until it was hot. Then stirred in the salsa and avocado.
I thought it would be good. But it far exceeded my expectations. Ronnie didn't want any when I told him what I was making, as he had other leftovers in mind, but I could tell he had MAJOR lunch envy when he looked at what Mckenna and I got to eat for lunch. I could eat it for one meal a day, at least for a few weeks, before getting sick of it. Mckenna devoured her whole bowl (at least what wasn't on the floor - warning if you make it for a toddler: it was probably the messiest meal she's had in a long time).
We don't very often share recipes here, but I will try to get better...as it's always nice to make a recipe that someone else has already been the guinea pig for!!
Have you had a yummy quinoa bowl at home or at a restaurant? If so, hook a sister up with some recipe ideas by posting it in the comment section!