Tonight was one of those “Uh Oh. What’s for dinner?” nights!! It’s the end of a busy week, the refrigerator is needing to be restocked, and I didn’t plan ahead!! (I think this has actually been all week, but tonight we just were lower on food so having no plan affected me more!) 🙂
So I thought, Spaghetti!! Perfect! It’s quick, easy, and takes only 10 minutes! I went to the cabinet to start dinner. Problem!!! No spaghetti noodles, or any pasta noodles for that matter (we try to stick to Gluten Free varieties if we do pasta).
Then I remembered one of my favorite things to eat – QUINOA (said Keen-wah).
Tonight’s meal took less than 15 minutes and came from scrounging around in the cupboards and it was honestly one of my favorite meals I’ve ever made! It was so yummy I will be adding it to my regular list of meals. And it is a super quick “What’s for dinner?” meal!
Try it out and let me know what you think!!
Make your quinoa and sauce separately. Top the quinoa with the pasta sauce and enjoy! Serve with baby carrots, broccoli, or other cut up veggies for a quick and easy meal!
How to Prepare your Quinoa
- 2 Cups Quinoa (uncooked)
- 4 Cups water
- 1 Tbsp Coconut oil
- 1 tsp salt
- Dash of pepper
Start the quinoa boiling. Cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until water has evaporated. Don’t overcook or add too much water. I don’t like squishy quinoa.
Tip: I double the recipe (typically you just make 1 cup) because I will use quinoa in another meal the next day or the day after. Just store the leftovers in an airtight container and have your next meal partially done!
This is my absolute FAVORITE coconut oil to add into quinoa. We even use it as butter on toast. It’s delicious and good for you! Go Costco!
Easy Homemade Sauce with Protein
- 1/2 lb. grass fed beef (or turkey meat)
- 1 can Organic Tomato sauce
- 1 can Organic Diced Tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
- 1 -2 Tbsp. Instant Shaklee Protein Mix
HealthyOates Kitech Tip: Omit the Protein if you don’t have, but you’ll be eliminating 7-15 grams of protein! We add it in anything we can. It keeps us lean and feeling great!). Also making your own sauce is cheaper and cuts down on unnecessary hidden sugars in most pasta sauces.
This isn’t the prettiest picture, but gives you an idea! What can I say? It’s night time and I’m using an IPhone!
What are your “go-to” quick meals? I’d love to hear!! Leave your comments or recipe ideas below for all to share!! Thanks friends!