This is one of my favorite, quick and easy meals that can easily be put together on the fly AND you can use any kind of veggies you like and depending on what’s in season (you don’t have to stick to what I have listed here, this is just one way I make this).

What’s Smart & Sexy About This Dish?

As I mentioned, it’s really easy & quick to make, especially if you have quinoa already cooked and ready to go.  It makes a great breakfast (yes, I said breakfast), lunch, dinner or snack!

Quinoa Not only is Quinoa gluten-free, it is a complete protein with an essential amino acid profile similar to milk AND it contains more calcium than milk.

Onions–When combined with other fruits and veggies onions provide protection for the heart and blood vessels. Having a healthy heart is very smart and sexy!

Herbamare--If you haven’t yet been introduced to Herbamare, let me do the honors.  Herbamare is an Herb seasoning salt that adds a great flavor to any dish. It’s great to have around & let everyone use their own discretion to season a dish to their taste.

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All of the following ingredients in Herbamare are organic: sea salt, celery leaves, leek, cress (water and garden), onion, chive, parsley, lovage, garlic, basil, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, kelp.

Go play around with different types of veggies–have fun and let me know what you come up with!

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[serves 4]

For The Quinoa:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water

For The Stir-Fry:
2 Tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1 medium onion, diced
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
2 celery stalks, diced
3 kale leaves, chopped into small pieces (including the stalks)

Sea Salt to taste

Herbamare to taste

For the quinoa:

In a fine mesh sieve, rinse quinoa.  Bring water to a boil then add in quinoa.

Set the heat to maximum and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat to reduce to a low simmer and let cook for 15-20 minutes or until the water is absorbed.  When the cooking is complete the grains become translucent and the white germ will partially detach itself, appearing like a spiraled tail.  Holes will appear in quinoa, tilt pan to see if there is water remaining; if so, continue to cook until there is no more water (Do not stir).

In a large sauté’ pan, place

For The Stir-Fry:

Place the olive oil and onion in the pan and sauté’ for 2-3.

Add in the garlic and sauté’ for 1-2 minutes.

Add in the carrots and a sprinkle of sea salt and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Add in the celery and a sprinkle of sea salt and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Add in the kale and a sprinkle of sea salt and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Add in the cooked quinoa, mix in with the veggies, season to taste with Sea Salt or Herbamare and enjoy!

Other Options For Stir Fry (definitely not exhaustive):
Broccoli
Bell Peppers
Snap Peas
Yellow Squash
Zucchini
Eggplant
Cherry Tomatoes
Asparagus
Mushrooms (bell, shiitake etc..)
Scallions
Chickpeas
Blackbeans

Nuts:
Cashews
Water Chestnuts

Herbs:
Parsley
Basil
Thyme
Red Pepper
Ginger
Cilantro