Family and Quinoa

April 3, 2013

In one of my weight watchers meetings, they told us to think about things to do on holidays and family gatherings that don’t involve food (in this particularly meeting we discussed Thanksgiving). The room fell silent. It was a little comical because there were about 30 of us, racking our brains, trying to think of things we do with our family (specifically on Thanksgiving) that don’t involve food!  After the awkward silence, several great ideas popped up, however isn’t it interesting that our society is so focused on food that it is hard to think of anything else when it comes to family gatherings?

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What if we spent as much time planning activities like flying kites, family walks, art projects, etc… as we spend on our family meals on holidays?  Just a thought.

Letting go of my processed food addiction has freed me up to enjoy my family more, have energy I didn’t know existed, and sit on the porch with my babies enjoying life, slowing down.


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Showing them that while food is to nourish us and be enjoyed, it isn’t the focus of our family.  This has been quite the spiritual journey for me.

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We eat to live rather than live to eat.  Something I hope my kids carry with them into adulthood.

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And when mealtime comes, we must ask ourselves, “Is this nourishing?  Does this contain protein and essential nutrients to feed my brain and detoxify my body?”  And for me personally, “Is it honoring God and the precious gift of life He gave me to put this into my body?”

So let’s talk about quinoa.
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Click here for the wonderful health benefits of Quinoa.  It is the only plant based source of complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 of the essential amino acids that are crucial to human function and health.  Quinoa is gluten free if you have a sensitivity to gluten, and this is a vegan recipe.  I made this dish twice in the past week.  That’s how yummy it is!  Click here for the recipe.  Make a double or triple batch over the weekend and eat for lunches during the week.  A fantastic way to get a variety of fruits and vegetables into your day, as well as a perfect protein source!

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I bought my quinoa at Trader Joe’s, but you can buy it in the bulk bin section of any grocery store and it’s most likely cheaper in the bins.  Just remember that when you cook quinoa, it’s 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water.

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Do you have any favorite quinoa recipes to share? It’s so easy to throw together that I’d love to add variety!  And in case you are wondering, my three year old wouldn’t try this although my baby ate up the quinoa mixed with blended organic pears.  I am STILL hiding vegetables for Noah y’all!!!  Any advice, resources, books, websites are very welcome over here ;o)!

  • Lauren neaves

    I just tried quinoa for the first time last week! Loved it. I made a quinoa caprese salad that I saw on Pinterest. I’m about to try a broccoli/cheese quinoa tomorrow night

    • Oh yum! Going to stalk your pinterest now…hahaha

  • Christy D

    Thats funny you posted this today. I was just thinking I was going to try a new recipe with quinoa, kale and goat cheese. I was going to make it with our favorite meal. Garlic chicken Not sure if this really good for you, but we love it. I bought a free range organic chicken at Trader Joe’s.
    I cook it in coconut oil. My girls love this chicken!!!! (they do not eat it with the sauce)

    • Sounds amazing!!! The kale and goat cheese quinoa sounds wonderful, please let me know how it tastes and if your girls eat it!!!

  • Melinda Dumas

    How did the avocado do with large batches for the week? Didn’t know if it would go bad or get too mushy.

    • my batches only lasted three days each! haha, we ate them kind of fast but the avocados were fine because of the lemon juice!!!

  • Lindsay Brown

    I’ve never cooked quinoa but now I”m going to try! What is the consistency like? Do you serve it hot or cold? Keep posting– I’m loving your blog 🙂

    • You can eat it hot or cold! I ate the initial recipe hot and the next day had it cold and it was quite wonderful both ways! It’s very similar to cous cous and/or rice in texture. Soft and fluffy!!!