The ideal 15-Minute dinner really does exist! This Quinoa and Beef Bowl is sure to be the perfect thing after a hard day slaving away at work! I love an easy dinner dish I can throw together in a short amount of time. If this sounds like you too then you have come to the right place. Get ready for a tasty recipe you can whip up for yourself in minutes with a handful of healthy ingredients. Grab your fork!
15-Minute Quinoa and Beef Bowl
I am a huge fan of quick and easy meals because I’m not one to make a huge fuss in the kitchen. Easy preparation and satisfying warm meals are where it’s at for me. If you are a busy girl juggling a billion different things you simply need a dinner you can pull together in no time flat.
Even though I’m not a single lady, I have eaten dinner by myself for years. I had my apartment in NJ when Scott and I were in a long distance relationship. Now his career as a trainer demands that he works evenings to make himself available for clients. So I am totally used to my nighttime gym and fast dinner routine by myself most nights. Don’t feel bad though – since I work from home we do usually see each other for a few hours during the day.
Quinoa Prep Tips
This recipe came about in pretty much the same fashion as most of my dishes do. I was hungry on a random night, and started to dig through my refrigerator to see what we hand on hand. Since I have been trying to eat more vegetables our bottom bins are super full with everything I can cram inside. There is so much pressure to use them up!
When it comes to planning out your meals I always say to choose a protein, vegetables and then round it out with carbohydrates. Vegetables are also carbohydrates but they are typically so low calorie that they don’t have that large of an impact.
Quinoa has the added benefit of containing a decent punch of protein even in small portions. It’s a seed and not a grain which is what makes the difference which you’d never guess! My favorite fast prep tip is to use a rice cooker for your quinoa! This easy prep style can seriously making meals so much easier. All you have to do is pop it on and head out the door.
Grass-Fed Beef Benefits
There are tons of great websites out there that can explain why Grass-Fed beef is beyond superior to Grain-Fed beef. It’s such an in-depth subject that it could be its own separate post! Overall there are some pretty significant differences in the quality of red meat based on how the animal was fed.
So it’s definitely the smarter choice to be selecting this as the grocery store. The benefits make it worth searching out. It’s a little pricer but worth it. Plus you’ll find the taste is such better! Grass-fed red meat is more nutrient dense than grain-fed so you are getting more for your money.
To keep the fat content reasonable look for ground beef that’s 90/10 lean. You always want to include a healthy fat source, but make sure to not over do it. Multiple avocados, coconut oil and beef are not necessary all in one meal! It adds up pretty fast.
Eat Your Way Fit
The quinoa and beef bowl will be a great dinner idea to add to your meal plan. You always want to make sure your nutrition is in tune with what your body needs. In reality, we may all have slightly different caloric needs, but we all need to have a mix of all three macronutrients – carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
There is a macro breakdown after the recipe below so make sure to check that out! Knowing what is in our food helps us plan and make the best choices. Recipes can be a little confusing so I want to help you out with providing that information.
15-Minute Quinoa and Beef Bowl
Yield 1 Serving
- 1/3 Cup Cooked Quinoa
- 4 OZ Grass-Fed Ground Beef (90/10)
- 1 Small Zucchini Chopped
- 1/2 Cup Green Pepper (Chopped)
- 1 Clove Garlic (Peeled)
- 1 Medium-Size Tomato
- 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Basil
- 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Parsley
- Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt
- Pinch of Ground Black Pepper
- Coconut Oil Spray (for cooking)
- Cook the quinoa either in a rice cooker or a small sauce-pan following the instructions outlined on the label.
- Wash all vegetables, chop and set aside.
- Spray a medium-size pan with coconut oil spray and heat over low heat on the stovetop.
- Also, spray a small-size pan with coconut oil spray and heat over medium heat.
- Add the ground beef to the small pan and cook until thoroughly done. Use a thermometer to be sure!
- In the medium-size pan, add all the veggies, garlic and sauté until wilted.
- Add the beef and cooked quinoa to the vegetable mixture.
- Thoroughly combine and transfer to a bowl.
Macronutrients are simply the way we categorize foods – carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Food quality is a very important part of the puzzle when it comes to nutrition. But the macros we digest are a big part of how we look and feel as well. This recipe is a nice balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats for a well rounded meal.
Calories 326 // Carbohydrates 24.2g // Proteins 28.6g // Fats 12.7g
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