I'm not sure where that rates for bragging rights, but it shows even a little more about my world. Not sure if that is good or bad? Ha!
A few years ago, I became very conscious of trying to combine healthy proteins, carbs and fats within each meal and/or snack that I prepared. For example...if I ate an apple, I would combine it with a little bit of peanut butter or a small piece of really nice sharp cheese. If I were going to eat rice or pasta, I'd eat a small portion combined with some lean turkey sausage. I think you get the idea.
It seemed to make me feel more satisfied and less lethargic.
In practical terms, the reasoning behind this is that having all three components ingested at the same time can help with digestion and promote optimal metabolism. Kind of like using the premium gasoline for your car to make it run more smoothly and not have as many knocks and "pings".
I'm mentioning these thoughts within this post because quinoa is characterized as a complete protein containing all of the amino acids necessary for the construction of proteins used by humans. One cup of cooked quinoa has about 9 grams of protein.
Now while 9 grams of protein per cup is not going to set the world on fire, I feel much less compelled to add a meat source to a quinoa dish to reach my protein, carb and fat combo goal.
Just some concepts that you might find interesting and may want to experiment with while fueling your own bodies.
I will continue to post other Quinoa recipes over the next few months which include less savory items like Quinoa cookies and muffins. Don't turn your noses up 'til you try them!
Ok, here is the Quinoa Salad Recipe. This is a great go-to in between meal snack...not just a side dish.
1 box uncooked white quinoa (Giant sells this)
3/4 canned or jarred mandarin oranges
1/2 cup juices from mandarin oranges
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup thinly sliced almonds
1 cup sliced frozen snow peas thawed
Cooked quinoa as package directs.
Before quinoa is completely cooled, add honey. This seems to help in getting all of the quinoa covered with the honey. Once, fully mixed, add mandarin orange juice. Mix well. Then add oranges, almonds and snow peas. Mix everything well. Chill for a few hours before eating. Lasts in fridge for a few days.