Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Quinoa With Beets, Pumpkin Seeds and Chives

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Last night at 3 a.m. I pulled into the driveway after a 15-hour drive from Florida. We took the kids to Disney for Spring Break in honor of The-Now-5-Year-Old‘s birthday. We had a blast but I’m happy to be home.

Although, being greeted by an empty fridge is never fun.

Empty Fridge

Well, empty besides the crap-ton of beer we’ve had in there since our Christmas party in December.


Anyway, battlingĀ an empty stomach and armed with only what I could dig out of my bare fridge and pantry, I set off to make myself a wholesome meal to helpĀ me feel slightly better about all the junk I ate this past week. The three things that inspired me the most were my last pillow pack of beets, some quinoa from the pantry and a bag of pumpkin seeds I’ve been keeping in the fridge.

beets, quinoa and pumpkin seeds

I started to cook the quinoa and thought, hmmmm I need something green. That’s when I checked on my herb boxes outside and… Bazinga! I have fresh chives and mint!

Fresh Chives and Mint

This is how I pulled everything together to make myself a fun dish when nothing else was available. As soon as I post this I’ll be off to the store! It’s time to prep for the week. I need some vegetables up in here!

Quinoa with Beets, Pumpkin Seeds & ChivesHere’s what I did…

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 cooked beets (~270g)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 10g fresh chives, chopped
  • 2g fresh mint, chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (30g)

Cook the quinoa according to the package — bring 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of quinoa to a boil, cover and then simmer. I replaced a bit of the water with the juice from the beet packĀ so I didn’t waste it. It tinted the quinoa a nice shade of pink.

While the quinoa is cooking, cut the beets into quarters and toss them with the oil, chives, mint and salt.

beets and chives

Once the quinoa is done, add it and the pumpkin seeds to the beets and toss.

Quinoa with Beets, Pumpkin Seeds and Chives

I really wishĀ I had some feta to go with this but I didn’t. Instead I topped with a little freshly grated parmesan just to get a little bit of that cheesy saltiness.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
2 half the recipe ~ 330 g
Calories Fat Fiber Sodium
Ā 352 15g 8g 199mg
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
12g 3g 40g 14g

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