Or you can try my Spinach Parmesan Quinoa dish for dinner on Spinach Day, March 26th. Either way, you don’t be disappointed. In our house we love our veggies. And adding healthy greens to your meals is always welcomed. It gives a nutritious boost & can be tasty.
I partnered with Harvest 107 to help celebrate Spinach Day on March 26th and to spread the word about their amazing foundation. Also, follow along on Instagram, both my page and Harvest 107′s so you can enter to win your own “OK, But First Veggies” t-shirt. The winner will be chosen on Sunday, March 26th. Full details on Instagram today and throughout the week.
Before we get to the yum factor, I’d like to share a little bit about Harvest 107 and the good work they are doing. Harvest 107 is a non-profit dedicated to preventing hunger and malnourishment through sustainable agriculture. It was started in 2013 by a 13 year old, Gracie Pfaff, who should be an inspiration to us all. A young entrepreneur, with the help of her parents, changing the lives of many. Their work is three-fold: (1) urban gardens in Port au Prince (2) assisting small, family farmers in the south of Haiti and (3) agronomy internships & education initiatives. Harvest 107 is working to make sure individuals have access to fresh and nutritious veggies, so they can raise healthy families. They work to teach families how to raise their own healthy food.
Read more about their work here and learn about their food projects. Food insecurity is an issue, one we may not face as often in the U.S., but it’s present. It’s all around us. Harvest 107 is working to help families be food secure, educating them and teaching them a trade and how to grow their own. About 1 and 8 people will go hungry on a daily basis, both a global and domestic issue, most being in the developing countries. I am happy to bring awareness to this important issue, both domestically and abroad.
Disclaimer: I received free product from Harvest 107. However, all thoughts and opinions (and recipes) are my own.
Spinach Parmesan Quinoa
I wanted to share an easy meal for all those busy families, and one that can be enjoyed by all. I love to use quinoa, as it’s a complete protein and a healthy grain. It’s fun to green the grain up, while also adding in some creaminess. Adding Parmesan to quinoa gives your meal a different twist. Take something as simple as quinoa and add a few ingredients and you have an amazing meal.
It’s tasty and easy. This meal is done in under 30 minutes, which is great for those busy nights. I find it to be easily liked among kids too. You a few ingredients and you have a complete meal, with the nutrition of spinach, the complete protein in quinoa, and the calcium in Parmesan cheese as well as in the spinach. If you can’t do Parmesan, try nutritional yeast instead, making the dish completely vegan. There’s only a few ingredients needed for this tasty dish.
This is a dish our whole family loves, and one I make when I am in a time crunch and don’t have a refrigerator full of ingredients. I like to always keep greens on hand. Pair it with steam veggies or if you eat meat, some grilled salmon or chicken.
- 1½ c quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 3 c vegetable broth or water
- ¼ c grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 tsp basil
- 2 c packed spinach (or can use kale)
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ - 1/'2 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
- 2-4 Tbsp olive oil, optional
- Bring quinoa and water to boil in medium saucepan.
- Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Once quinoa is done, add in Parmesan, spinach, and spices. Combine well.
- Serve hot or cold. (Great for leftovers)
Spinach Parmesan Quinoa - a delicious easy dish in under 30 minutes #healthydinner #wholesomemeals #eatgreen #spinachday Click To Tweet
My sister has an inner battle between sweets and veggies – but I think this piece of broccoli is going to win!! Vegetables are calorie dense, candy & junk are empty calories. They don’t provide any nutrients to your body, nothing to give.
Now get ready for a jolt of energy and caffeine, along with some greens. This smoothie will leave you feeling full, full of energy and ready to conquer anything. Whether it’s a long day at the office or a day with the kids, you’ll have what you need with this smoothie. Protein, caffeine, greens and yuminess. No junk either. Some moms need coffee, and all moms need the power of green. 😉
You can now have your coffee and greens together, in one glass at one meal. It’s simple and it’s tasty. Coffee and spinach unite to bring a tasty, smooth nutritious protein packed breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up without the added calories or sugar. It’s like drinking an iced latte, but without any added sugar. It’s vegan and smooth, and you won’t even notice there’s some greens hiding in it. Drink up and feel good about what you’re putting in your body, as well as how it tastes going down.
And you thought it would be one of those weird shakes, with the weird ingredients you can’t pronounce. Nope, simple and easy.
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 1/2 c coffee, cold
- 1/2 c almond milk
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1-2 Tbs Peanut Butter
- 1-2 scoops protein powder (chocolate or vanilla)
- handful spinach or kale
- ice cubes
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
Servings: 1Can't decide between coffee & greens in the AM now you can have both - Coffee Lovers Protein Shake - #protein #coffeelovers #spinachday Click To Tweet
Don’t forget to visit Harvest 107 to learn more about what they do and how they are helping around the world. Also, follow along on Instagram to have a chance to win your own But First Veggies t-shirt.
Until Next Time Be Whole and Be Fit
What’s you favorite way to incorporate spinach into your cooking?