How to: Quinoa & My Brown Paper Bag

Hey everyone! I tried to get this post up earlier today but time seemed to get away from me. Hope this helps you make your lunches for the rest of the week. Here is what my brown paper bag looks like this week.

The ingredients:

Lunch1 May 21

This lunch is very simple: quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) salad with feta cheese, grape tomatoes, cucumber and red pepper — I keep a jar of balsamic vinegar at the office to dress it the day of.

Lunch2 May 21

I love qunioa! It is part of the grain family and has approximately 220 calories and 8g of protein per cup (a good vegetarian-friendly protein option). Quinoa is super easy to make — just make sure you rinse the quinoa before hand because it has a bit of a bitter flavour if you don’t.

Quinoa

 

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Quinoa Directions:
1. Rinse 1 cup of dry quinoa well — I use a metal strainer with tiny holes so the quinoa does not fall through.
2. Add the quinoa with 2 cups of water into a saucepan.
3. Bring to a boil.
4. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes (until the liquid is absorbed)
5. Fluff with a fork and voila… quinoa!

This makes about 3 cups of cooked quinoa so you can just adjust the measurements accordingly OR store leftovers in containers in the fridge for about a week.

The night before work, I wash some fruit for my morning and afternoon snacks. I also make baggies of trail mix. I am currently loving an almond, dried cranberry (no sugar added) and natural dark chocolate combination.

Lunch Snacks

What is your go-to lunch? 

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