Have healthy meals ready in minutes using pre-made frozen grains...

Above: Quinoa and almond milk with cashews, blueberries, and brown sugar.  

Below: Lentil and quinoa stuffed red peppers with baby green and avocado salad. 

Both recipes feature the premade-frozen quinoa I suggested on Monday. I do most of my food shopping at Trader Joes, where you can find all of the ingredients used in these recipes. 

Quinoa with Almond Milk

Simply heat 1/2-1 cup of frozen quinoa in the microwave for 2 minutes.  Top with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 tbsp chopped cashews, 1 tsp brown sugar, a pinch of cracked sea salt, and 1/3 cup of blueberries.  

Lentil+ Quinoa stuffed peppers with Baby Greens and Avocado Salad

makes 2 servings

2 Red Peppers

1 Cup prepared quinoa

1/2 cup prepared lentils (canned, or fresh)

5 cup mixed power greens (baby kale, spinach, arugula)

3 tbsp olive oil

1 medium lemon

cracked sea salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Wash, cap and hollow the peppers. Heat the frozen quinoa for about 2 minutes in the microwave until completely thawed.  In a large bowl combine quinoa, lentils, 1 cup of greens, 2 tbsp olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Scoop and pack the mixture, splitting between both peppers.  Roast them in a loaf pan or deep casserole dish for 20-25 minutes until the pepper begins to blister and the exposed greens char.  Prepare salad while they cool.

Toss 4 cups of mixed baby power greens(or spinach)with lemon vinaigrette, top with sliced avocado and seasonal fruit, I used blackberries.

Lemon Vinaigrette

Whisk the juice from one lemon with 1 tbsp of olive oil, pinch of sea salt and pepper.