My physical wellness is a continual work-in-progress :). I’ve made some strides with increasing my physical activity (though I’ve slacked a bit since completing my 1/2 marathon….I’ve got to get back on track…better set another goal!).
I have, though, started to make some small diet changes and am focusing on limiting carbs, grains, dairy, and refined sugars. Surprisingly, (most days) it has been easier to make these changes than I thought! Baby steps have proven to lead to small successes which encourage me to stay the course and keep at it. And…..I definitely have noticed an improvement in how I feel overall with these changes!
I find myself eating a LOT of quinoa. Quinoa is a very versatile, nutritionally power packed food…it is a seed (though often referred to as a grain because it is used and cooked like one….like rice or couscous). Quinoa is gluten free, high in protein, high in fiber, high in antioxidants, contains all nine essential amino acids, and is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Yeah quinoa!! What a superfood rockstar!!
One of the dishes I have created and added routinely to my diet is this delicious Southwest Quinoa Breakfast Bowl. I often eat it for breakfast, it makes a quick and easy dinner, but it would be good for lunch too!
This dish is soooo easy to make!!
- Start by cooking quinoa according to package instructions (I always cook my quinoa in my rice cooker and it makes a perfect batch every time!).
- While the quinoa is cooking, fry 1-2 eggs topped with a sprinkling of Mrs. Dash table blend (or any other seasoning you like….you could even try taco seasoning….I think I will try that next time!).
- While the eggs are cooking, prepare whatever veggies you would like to add to the dish. For me this is easy, because we eat a LOT of veggies in our house so I always have a variety on hand. Tomatoes, red/orange/green peppers, onions….you can toss in black beans, diced ham (or go the vegetarian route if you prefer) and cheese (sooooo good with a vegetable mozzarella I get from one of our local cheese producers, Mullins Cheese).
- When the quinoa is finished, place about 1/2 cup in a bowl, add in the chopped toppings you already have prepped, and place the eggs on top.
- Add the final touch of delicious avocado slices and salsa…then enjoy!!
Filling and nutritious for sure, but the best thing is that there are so many variations to this dish. Watch for additional Quinoa Breakfast Bowl creations in future posts! In the meantime, ENJOY!
Wishing You Well,