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Mediterranean Quinoa

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September 23, 2014 / By / , , , , , , , / Post a Comment

Well, it’s that time of year when we are getting back into the swing of routines, and the inevitable of being busy.  People ask me lots this time of year about how I cook and manage meals.  

I need to do this every week, because when I do, I’m so so glad I did, but I haven’t been very consistent with it.  I’m printing a bunch out so I can stop eating food based on convenience!  It takes time, but it will save you time and money in the long run.  (that’s an entirely separate post.)  But here’s a week-at-a-glance meal plan.  When you know you have a busy night, cook double the night before and do leftovers.  I pack and/or every single one of my meals.  Eating out is a luxury I save for dates. :)  (another time and money saver!)  Pick a day, and fill out your plan, and grocery shop from your plan.  Post it on the fridge, and you’ve got yourself a vision for the week!  It may not work out perfectly, but it will definitely help!  

You can download it here.

 food planning sheet

So, I make this meal a lot.  It’s fast, healthy and some great italian flare.  At all times, I keep quinoa, cherry tomatoes, greens, and feta or bleu cheese on hand.  You can make a meal out of those ingredients in no time.  So, that’s basically all it is.  Most people prefer feta cheese, and I like to change it up from that to bleu.  Love me some bleu.

What you see here is:

  • cherry tomatoes
  • spinach
  • basil (fresh)
  • quinoa cooked in a little chicken broth
  • bleu cheese (or feta!)

med quinoa

You can eat this all by itself, or add it to a healthy bed of greens, or toss in the greens (like I did in the picture) to get your veggies in.  Top with a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and it is deLICious.  Bonus?  basil from the garden.  I love serving it hot, then eating cold leftovers for lunch.  Mmmhmmm. 

Enjoy this easy one, and make sure you make a triple batch (at least)!  This is a great one to add to your lunch or dinner menu, and have leftovers!

Mediterranean Quinoa
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups cooked quinoa (cook in chicken broth for really good flavor)
  2. 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  3. 3 cups chopped fresh spinach
  4. 2 bunches basil leaves, chopped
  5. 1/4 cup fresh cheese (bleu cheese or feta)
  6. **dressing**
  7. one part balsamic vinegar
  8. one part olive oil
  9. Ex: 1/4 cup balsamic, 1/4 cup olive oil
Instructions
  1. 1. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions. I use chicken broth for the liquid.
  2. 2. While it's cooking, chop spinach, basil, and tomatoes.
  3. 3. When the quinoa is finished cooking, add the basil, spinach, tomatoes and cheese.
  4. 4. Optional: add this mix to a bed of salad greens (to get your veggies servings), and top with balsamic and oil mix.
  5. 5. I love to serve it warm, and then eat it cold for leftovers the next day. Enjoy!
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