Smoky Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with Avocado

Boosting protein at breakfast can be as easy as adding two scrambled egg whites to a  delicious and trendy  plant-based  bowl.in-style I enjoyed seeing many of my registered dietitian (RD/RDN) friends in  Boston last weekend at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE); all committed to staying abreast of the current  scientific research  in the field. Please take note: this is what makes registered dietitians your source for credible nutrition information. I hope in the coming weeks to share nuggets of knowledge learned and more yummy ways to  integrate that knowledge into your meals and snacks.

On the heels of my trip to Boston, is the October Recipe Redux. Here’s our challenge: Plant Protein Power Bowls: Packed with protein, fiber and color, plant protein bowls are trendy and delicious.

Today I share

 Using  the whole grain quinoa as a base (flavored with smokey paprika), I  slip in some high quality protein as egg whites  allowing me to  keep the calories low and still meet my protein needs early in the morning. Here’s a little fact that influences my food choices:  older adults need less calories, but NOT less protein.  To this high fiber,  lean protein base,  I add sauted grape tomatoes in olive oil and top with heart healthy avocado cubes. Tossing in some fresh oregano from the garden adds even more color and flavor. Please visit the links at the bottom of this post to see how my Recipe Redux colleagues are packing in protein, fiber and color into their trendy bowls.
Smoky Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with Avocado
Smoky Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with Avocado

by Diane Boyd, MBA, RD, LDN

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 3 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 cup rinsed tricolor quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 egg whites
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • fresh oregano

Instructions

1. Heat one teaspoon of oil in a saucepan. Add onion and cook over medium -low heat until soft, about 3 minutes.

2. Add minced garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add smoked paprika. Stir and cook 1 more minute. Add rinsed quinoa and stir to combine.

3. Add vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10-15 minutes.

4. Sprinkle the cubed avocado with lime juice and a pinch of salt. Mix and gently set aside.

5. Place egg whites to a microwave safe bowl, and microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir. Continue to microwave about 30 seconds longer or until egg whites are set.

6. In a separate saute pan, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Add halved tomatoes. Cook over medium heat until tomatoes soften and the skins begin to wrinkle, about 2 minutes.

7.Add quinoa and cooked egg whites to sauted tomatoes. Stir to combine. Spoon into serving bowls.

8. Top each bowl with cube avocado. Sprinkle with fresh oregano.

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Summer Caprese Bowl

Under 400 calories,   this summer caprese bowl with a peachy sauce is inspired by a dated but delicious food memory.Summer CapreseSalad (1)This summer I did not budge from Wrightsville Beach, NC. IMG_0979_edited-2It’s not as leisurely as it  sounds (or looks). Let me assure you, I have not adopted the lifestyle of a wahine,  and I did not trade in my running shoes for a long board or even a paddle board.  Please do not call it  a staycation. It was a whirlwind of business and activity, from  my day job as a dietitian/nutritionist working in my private practice,  to my on call responsibilities managing a property at the beach. I loved each and everyone of  my guests, but if I said, I’m sorry  the tourist season is over,  I’d be deserving of four

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So this month’s Recipe Redux theme: a vacation inspired recipe,  comes from a not so recent trip. Some of my fondest memories are  traveling in the summer with my kids while they played junior golf. I ‘m not just unpacking memories, I’m digging deep into the archives… July 2008 when my son played in the US Junior Amateur Championship, sponsored by the United States Golf Association…IMG_4348 Boomer was sixteen, a rising sophmore at Laney High School.  He  was fortunate enough to have our friend and  club pro, Sara Bush  serve as a loyal caddie! The three of us loaded my SUV and drove fourteen hours to the event held here at …
IMG_4347_edited-1 Shoal Creek Golf Club,  Birmingham,  Alabama. My son (and all the junior golfers including the now PGA stars Jordan Spieth, and Emilio Grillo) were treated like tour pros and had terrific access to the club and it’s amenities, including meals. Parents paid for food, but were happy to have the convenience, not to mention the spread and hospitality this private club is know for!  Boomer and Sara ate quickly as they were focused on the difficulties of the course and the competition.  I  on the other hand, spent more time enjoying the food, and I distinctly remember the ginormous platers of roasted summer vegetables and a peach vinaigrette.  So today I’m combing these two food memories, into a balanced meal served in a bowl; cause that’s how we roll in 2016!

I love the taste and the nutritional profile  of this meal which meets my goal  to consume 30 grams of protein, along with plenty of veggies  and a  whole grain. Remember,  you don’t  always have to start from scratch. Using  leftovers makes putting together healthy and delicious combos, quick and easy;  I used grilled chicken and quinoa from last night in this bowl.IMG_4523_edited-1

CALORIES: 380; FAT 15 grams (3.9 sat, mono 6.2, poly 2.5) ; PROTEIN 33 grams; CARB 32 grams; FIBER 5 grams; SUGARS 7 grams; CHOL 70 mg; IRON 4.49 mg; SODIUM 553mg; CALCIUM 179 mg

Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post to see what vacation memories are inspiring my colleagues recipes this month!

 

Summer Caprese Bowl

by Diane Boyd, MBA, RD, LDN

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 cup fresh greens (romaine, red leaf lettuce, arugula)
  • 1 charred grilled zucchini (about 1 cup)
  • 1 oz. part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil
  • 6 ounces grilled chicken, sliced

for the peach vinaigrette

  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 ripe peach, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO

Instructions

for the peach vinaigrette

Combine all ingredients except the oil in a blender. blend until combined. Allow to sit about 15 minutes. Slowly add EVOO to blender and combine.

1. In two bowls arrange cooked quinoa, lettuces, zucchini, basil, grilled chicken, torn mozzarella cheese. Drizzle with peach vinaigrette dressing.

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