Quinoa and Vegetable “Risotto”
Rinse quinoa in a strainer and place in a small saucepan with the broth.
Cook quinoa for about 15 minutes until water is absorbed. Set aside.
In a large sauté pan, heat oil and add onion, garlic, mushrooms, and broccoli.
Stir cook until onions and garlic are slightly softened, about five minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, yogurt, and milk until smooth.
Add peas, spinach, and cooked quinoa to the pan and stir to combine.
Pour egg mixture into the pan and stir cook until it thickens slightly.
Stir in parmesan cheese and salt to taste.
Top with almonds and serve hot.
Notes: Quinoa can be made in advance and kept in the fridge for a few days until ready to use.
Take a break from meat-focused protein and venture into the vegetable world for a family-friendly feast. You may think that meats are the only ideal way to get protein and, admittedly, protein-heavy meals that are plant-based can be a bit of a brain-teaser. A little trick I use to amp up the protein in vegetarian meals is to layer my protein sources. I combine a multitude of proteins from whole grains, to greens, to Greek yogurt. This creates a varied assortment of nutrients and supplies essential amino acids so you can fuel your body with complete proteins. It’s a skillful dance of ingredients that will make your body sing and provide plenty of energy to power through your day.
Risotto is typically a time-consuming and somewhat challenging dish to make so I’ve simplified it for weeknight-friendly meals by using quinoa instead. Fiber-filled quinoa and broccoli are key components in this particular dish that keep your digestive system running well. Vibrant greens, like spinach, are a vegetable source of additional protein that makes your meal colorful while supplying a number of nutrients. This vegetarian dish is a creamy combination with characteristics of both fried rice and risotto making it a family palate pleaser that’s still simple (and fast) enough for the weeknight hustle.
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