At our first Christmas with my family, I made an amazing quinoa dish per my mom’s suggestion. Believe it or not it was the recipe straight off the back of the box with maybe a couple of tweaks. I was a bit hesitant at first because it just seemed too simple, but it ended up being so delicious and I’ve still been enjoying the leftovers ever since. The simplicity is what makes this dish.
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 tbsp Earth Balance
- 1 small onion
- 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- sea salt, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- Cook quinoa according to package directions
- Melt Earth Balance in a frying pan over medium high heat.
- Add garlic, peppers and onion and saute until tender.
- Combine cooked quinoa and sauteed veggies and mix well.
- Add sliced almonds and mix thoroughly.
- Season with sea salt and pepper and serve hot or chilled.
This is one example of how I try to stay healthy throughout the holidays. I simply cannot depend solely on the food provided at family gatherings, even considering my grandma always provides several healthy options. It has nothing to do with being overly paranoid about my food as some people may think; it has everything to do with feeling the best I can throughout the entire holiday season. I still sampled a little bit of my mom’s mashed potatoes and my grandma’s vegetarian dressing, and I didn’t feel deprived at all. But I filled my plate mostly with healthy foods that were still delicious!
Another reason this was a great dish for me is because quinoa is one of the few vegetarian complete proteins. Quinoa is the new turkey:) I’ve definitely learned that the only way to make sure I have plenty of food options that taste great but also make me feel great is to take my own. The added bonus is that everyone in the family usually (key word:) ends up liking them too! win win.
I’m off to enjoy the evening with my two favorite people. “People” being used very loosely of course.
The husband and I are both off work tomorrow, so it’s like a double Friday night. Love it when that happens!
See you this weekend for more recipes from the holidays and more talk about enjoying the holidays and still coming out of them feeling great!
Did you try any new dishes this holiday season? What were the big hits with your family?