Jewel toned Antioxidant Quinoa Bowl

This dinner entrée is super delish, loaded with great-for-your-body ingredients, easy to make, and pretty to boot.  Will you look at those vibrant jewel tones?  Love it.

So, what makes this dish so dang good for you?

Its loaded with the following items…

Kale– one of THE best vegetables for your body, period.

Onions– Another top contender for mucho health benefits offered whenever eating this pungent vegetable.  Anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous, helping to combat and lessen incidence of all manner of diseases.

Scallions-With many of the same benefits of onions.

Cranberries– loaded with antioxidants, helps lower risk of urinary tract infections, also anti-cancerous, they improve immune functioning, and decrease blood pressure.  (Side note: be careful though when choosing dried cranberries.  Often, these are LOADED with added sugar.  Best to try and get some with little to no added sugar).

Quinoa-gluten free, its not a grain but a seed.  Eaten for thousands of years in South America, only now is it garnering loads of hype here in the US.  Its loaded with 11 essential nutrients, is high in fiber, has a low glycemic index which is great for blood sugar control, and high in antioxidants.  You can read more about Quinoa here.

Pesto– it just tastes awesome 😀

Optional though surely delicious additional add-ons to this Quinoa bowl: baked salmon or chicken, shrimp, avocado, sliced bell pepper, broccoli, potentially black beans or kidney beans.

With all of that said, here is how to make this ultra healthy, super tasty entrée:

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Summer Squash Quinoa Bowl

Ready for a super easy, light, ultra healthy entrée recipe?  And one that tastes awesome to boot?  😉  This one is grain/gluten free, dairy free and sugar free.  Its filling and loaded with flavor.  I have discovered Quinoa to be the perfect base for a plethora of fun, healthy dishes.  So, without further ado, here is another one for ya 😉

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Mushroom Basil Mock Risotto

Hi all,

The perfect spring recipe.  For the season stuck in the middle of frigid and scorching.  Posing as a comfort food (hearty, creamy, filling and oh-so-tasty), yet low in calories, light and healthy.  This dish is grain-free, lactose-free and of course, sugar-free.

Loaded with good-for-you ingredients, this dinner (or lunch) is sure to satisfy on all fronts.  Make a big batch to have a few meals at the ready and because no doubt, you’ll be dreaming of eating more ASAP.  Its that good. Continue reading “Mushroom Basil Mock Risotto”

Coconut Curry Shrimp Quinoa Bowl

Happy New Years Eve, all!  Edible item #34 is another “beauty bowl” of sorts.  I decided to stick with the both “easy” and “healthy” trend for the moment.  This one is so simple to assemble that actually, its slightly embarrassing.  The taste payoff is a big one, just so yummy when compared with how quick it is to make and then be digging in mere minutes later.

The coconut curry sauce goes AWESOME smothered atop the shrimp, mixed with the subtly nutty taste of the quinoa, the crunch of the bell peppers and onions adding a great texture variety, the mango lending a surprisingly light sweetness, brightening the entire dish.  All of the flavors and textures come together really nicely, balancing one another out and playing well with each other.

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Salmon Pesto Beauty Bowl

Continuing onward with the healthy, chock-full-of-vitamins-and-minerals, lighter fare trend for recipe #33, I opted to whip up another “beauty” bowl.  The reason these bowls are named as such is because the ingredients found within work wonders for your health.  They are AWESOME for your body.  Hence, I call them a beauty bowl because the foods included literally help with making you glow (both with feeling awesome on the inside and looking fabulous on the outside).

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This recipe is gluten-free, sugar-free, very low in lactose, and you could nearly label it a “raw” recipe as well.  To describe a few of the health benefits for each of the included ingredients:

*Salmon can help protect the body from free radical damage.  Its also amazing for hair, skin, eyes, bones, and nails.  Eating salmon can help prevent heart disease.  It can also help with support to brain functioning and eye health.

*Quinoa is high in protein and gluten free.  It has been used to promote healing of the skin.  It can also help with energy metabolism of the brain and muscles.  Just google “why is quinoa good for you” and check it out for yourself.  This seed is being called a “new superfood.”

*Spinach boosts anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits.

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