My mom and I went out for lunch the other day at a new restaurant in North East Ohio called Next Door American Eatery. I love trying new dishes, especially the vegan and vegetarian ones to get ideas for my athletes and clients. This particular dish contains quinoa and, unlike any other grain, quinoa actually contains all of the essential amino acids that we can only get from animal-based proteins!
A lot of people are not a fan of quinoa, but when prepared right, you may be surprised how much you like it. The bowl contains roasted asparagus, scallions, roasted red peppers, water chestnuts, and almonds. Topped with a fried egg, the ooey goodness of the yolk brought all the flavors together.
Grain bowls, like this one, are perfect for heavy training days - packed with sustained fuel from the quinoa, muscle building properties from the egg and quinoa, and protective nutrients from the assortment of veggies! A game winning plate! For a light to moderate day, you may take some quinoa and place it over a salad. It’s delicious and it gives it an extra crunch!
Jessica G. Anderson, MS, RD, LD, ACSM EP-C