Drop the Lean Cuisine... a One-Pot Solution to Your Dinner Problem.

I love cooking, but I rarely have the time or energy to cook a big meal after work.  On weekdays, I am all about ease and efficiency, but I like to stick with something home-cooked and loaded with healthy proteins and lots of veggies. This one-pot recipe is beyond simple, but can be diversified so easily that it’s a real crowd pleaser!  It’s also a no-frills introduction to quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) for anyone new to the stuff. 


One-Pot Quinoa and Veggies

  • 1 cup quinoa (washed)
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 bag favorite frozen veggies
  • 2-3 cups chopped or ‘hand-torn’ hearty leafy greens (spinach, kale, collards, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)*

* the coconut oil brings a little extra nutty flavor 

Combine quinoa, water, frozen veggies, and coconut oil and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 10-15 minutes (until quinoa is soft and a white ring develops around grains).  Just before quinoa finishes (1-2 minutes left), throw in the greens and cover.  Remove from heat, stir, and serve!

You can totally stop there, but if you're looking for something more:

    • For a Korean (bibimbop) take, top with a fried egg and add some sriracha. 
    • For a little Mexican flare, add some salsa and avocado. 
    • Toss in your favorite lean protein (note: quinoa is a great stand-alone source of protein). 
    • Double the recipe and fridge or freeze the extra for ultra ease

No matter what modifications you make,always keep it simple and easy – it tastes better that way!

Have you tried quinoa yet?  Tell me what you love or fear about quinoa in the comments.