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Protein-Rich Breakfast: Spinach Quinoa Scramble

Posted By Lizzie Fuhr on Nov 25, 2016 at 9:52AM

If two scrambled eggs always leave you wanting more, bulk up your breakfast with two healthy ingredients: spinach and quinoa. This satisfying, vitamin-packed dish offers a whopping 19.6 grams of protein per serving. It's delicious enough to savor as a weekend treat, but it also takes less than 10 minutes to cook, making it an option for a hearty before-work breakfast.

Feel free to grate one teaspoon grated Parmesan on the dish as garnish.

Quinoa and Egg Scramble With Spinach


Ingredients

1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 eggs
1 tablespoon water
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
1 cup spinach
1/4 cup cooked quinoa

Directions

  1. Heat half tablespoon oil in a nonstick skillet on medium-low heat. Cook minced garlic in oil for about one minute.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk two eggs with low-fat milk, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Add spinach to skillet. Cook for about 30 seconds.
  4. Pour egg mixture into the skillet. Let it sit for about 10 seconds, then start beating the eggs quickly toward the center of the pan with a wooden spoon.
  5. When the eggs look nearly cooked, add cooked quinoa to skillet. Mix in well.
  6. Transfer to plate or bowl and garnish with sprinkle of Parmesan.

Makes one serving.


Source: Calorie Count

Nutrition

Calories per serving
365

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A Kale, Quinoa, and Blueberry Superfood Salad

Posted By Leta Shy on Nov 24, 2016 at 10:49AM

I'm a sucker for any salad that includes the powerhouse duo kale and quinoa. Both are jam-packed with nutrients like vitamins A, C, and K (kale) and healthy fats, protein, and fiber (quinoa), making the combination a healthy and filling lunch option.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy this superfood salad combination is from a local eatery by our San Francisco office, Urban Picnic. Its kale and quinoa salad gets an Asian twist with sesame soy ginger dressing and sliced nori. Blueberries, tomatoes, and carrots add a bit of sweetness, while sliced almonds give it a satisfying crunch. I love the salad so much I set about to re-create it at home; read on for the recipe to make your own!

Kale and Quinoa Superfood Salad


Ingredients

For salad
1 cup quinoa (I used Alter Eco Royal Black Quinoa)
1 bunch dino kale, washed and chopped (about 2 cups)
1 medium carrot, grated
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup blueberries, washed
Toasted seaweed, such as nori, sliced thinly (I used 5 sheets of Annie Chun's Sesame Seaweed Snacks)

For dressing
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
1 tablespoon peeled and minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon water

Directions

  1. Prepare quinoa according to package instructions. Set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, make the dressing by combining all ingredients into a blender and processing until smooth. Pour into a small jar with lid and set aside.
  3. Combine 1 tablespoon of dressing with the sliced kale in a large bowl, mix to coat leaves evenly, and set aside.
  4. When quinoa is cool, add to kale along with blueberries, almonds, carrot, and tomatoes. Mix to combine, adding more dressing if desired. Top with sliced nori and serve. Save any remaining dressing for later. Makes three servings of salad and approximately 10 tablespoons of dressing.

Salad without dressing

Salad dressing (per tablespoon)

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100-Calorie Quinoa Pancakes Packed With Protein

Posted By Lizzie Fuhr on Aug 17, 2016 at 8:33PM

If you're not sure what to do with leftover quinoa, whip up a batch of fluffy pancakes this weekend. This creative twist on the breakfast classic offers more folate, protein, and fiber than traditional recipes. Instead of leaving your brunch table in a food coma, you'll feel satisfied and energized — ready to make the most of the day.

Related: Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bake

Quinoa Pancakes


Ingredients

1 cup cooked quinoa
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon course salt
1 large egg, plus 1 large egg white
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted, plus more for skillet
1/4 cup low-fat milk
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, plus more for serving
Fresh fruit or fruit preserves (optional) for serving

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together quinoa, flour, baking powder, and salt. In another medium bowl, whisk together egg, egg white, butter, milk, and syrup until smooth. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and whisk to combine.
  2. Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet or griddle with butter and heat over medium-high. Drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls into skillet. Cook until bubbles appear on top, 2 minutes.
  3. Flip cakes and cook until golden brown on underside, 2 minutes. Wipe skillet clean and repeat with more melted butter and remaining batter (reduce heat to medium if overbrowning). Serve with maple syrup and fresh fruit or preserves if desired.

Makes about 12.

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