Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Simple Quinoa With Strawberries

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A few days before I left for vacation — click here if you want to see the adventure I took with the boys! — I spatchcocked a whole chicken and cooked it on the grill. Cleaning up I couldn’t throw away the bones. I just couldn’t. So I grabbed a pot, pulled out some frozen celery hearts (I freeze scraps now specifically for this) and decided to make stock.

The only problem: my freezer is already overstocked with broth in bags because I haven’t had much need for it over the summer months.

I didn’t let the stop me though, I boiled those bones knowing I’d figure something out… and I did!

Once the broth was done and strained, I used it immediately to make some brown rice and quinoa. Then I froze them in flat single-serving bags like this.

Frozen Quinoa

The flat freezing makes for fast and easy defrosting. Simple soak in bowl of hot water for a minute or two and voila!

Yesterday I pulled one out and did just that to make a simple, quick dish using from fresh strawberries and thyme from my garden.

Simple Strawberries and QuinoaThis is what I love most about quinoa. You can simply toss it with anything you have on hand and it’s deliciously yummy. It has such a fun texture and absorbs flavors beautifully. It’s also super easy to cook and takes less than 20 minutes. Although having it pre-cooked in the freezer is even faster!

  • 150g cooked quinoa (About a cup – this kind of dish doesn’t have to be perfect)
  • 1 cup halved, fresh strawberries
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • ~10 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • A bit of feta for the top (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

Ingredients for Quinoa with Strawberries


Quinoa with Strawberries


Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 1/2 the  recipe ~ 1 cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
150 5g 4g old: 3 new: 4
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
6g 1g 22g 4g

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    August 21, 2015

    Looks delicious! How do you cook your quinoa?


      August 29, 2015

      Basically the directions on the back of the box but sometimes I use broth instead of water. It's 1 to 2 ratio of quinoa to water, bring to a boil, cover and simmer about 15 minutes.