One Pot Coconut Quinoa

Let me start by leveling the playing field- if you do not have a sensitivity or intolerance to gluten, there is NO reason to cut it out!  Gluten is merely a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley.  Nothing bad about it.  Ok, glad I got that off my chest.

Next, let me talk about why occasional meatless meals are awesome.  No, I’m not a vegetarian, and I’m definitely not vegan.  I love me a good steak as much as the next guy.  But our bodies need an occasional break from saturated fats, and going meatless a couple times a week is a great way to do this.  A lot of people like to take “meatless Mondays” which helps them to remember.  I love that idea.

I got this recipe from a co-worker at work who I worked on a whole grain lecture with.  Quinoa is an AWESOME source of whole grains.  It is also a great source of fiber, protein, and B vitamins.  It is one of the few plant based proteins which contains all 9 essential amino acids, making it a “complete protein.”  It also contains many beneficial antioxidants.  I could go on and on…

I love this dish first off because it is SUPER easy.  I love it secondly because it is healthy and thirdly because it is soooo tasty.  Give it a try!

One Pot Coconut Quinoa

Ingredients:
•    1 cup quinoa (rainbow), rinsed
•    1 cup light coconut milk
•    1 cup water
•    1 carrot, diced
•    1 celery stalk, diced
•    ½ one onion, diced
•    Salt to taste

Directions:
Place all ingredients into large pot.  Bring to a boil.  Bring down to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes or until water is absorbed.  Mix and enjoy.