This clean eating quinotto recipe also known as quinoa risotto is for my family and me a real winner. It is a protein-rich alternative to a dish with meat, fish or legumes.
Let’s jump right into this easy quinotto recipe that can be ready within 30 minutes. Clean eating must not be complicated. As always I’ve kept it simple – it is a one-pot meal and I also omitted any exotic ingredients.
Ok, for some people, quinoa is still an exotic ingredient but given its nutritional value it is worth to make it a staple in your kitchen. More about this in a minute.
- 8 oz./230 grams quinoa, rinsed under hot water
- 1 (red) onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 celery stalk, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
- 2 carrots in small cubes
- 1 teaspoon thyme or some fresh thyme leaves
- 14 fl. oz./420 ml water
- 3.3 oz./100 grams cream
- 1 tablespoon lemon, freshly juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- some chilly flakes
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet
- Add onions and fry for 2 minutes over medium heat.
- Add garlic and fry for 1 minute over medium heat.
- Now add celery slices, carrot cubes and thyme and fry it for 2 minutes over medium heat.
- Rinse quinoa thoroughly under hot water, add it to the pot and fill it up with water.
- Bring it to a boil and let it simmer, uncovered, for additional 12 minutes.
- Stir occasionally.
- Garnish with some thyme leaves.
- If you want a "leaner quinotto version" just replace cream with some (low fat) milk.
- Tip: For a vegan version just use soy cream.
Quinoa – a rare and special entity in the plant kingdom
Quinoa is one the best sources of plant protein worldwide. On top of that it is gluten-free, low-calorie, low in cholesterol and a good source of iron, fiber and B vitamins.
These “wonder grains” contain all nine essential amino acids, which is very uncommon for a plant food. Animal products are complete proteins, because they provide all essential amino acids. Plant products often offer some but not all amino acids. Quinoa, however, is a complete protein.
Other meatless high protein foods
Quinoa is definitely not the only grain that’s loaded with protein but probably the most flexible in your kitchen. Amaranth, spelt, sorghum and teff contain even more protein than quinoa but according to the 80/20 rule I prefer to store food in my pantry that I use most often.
Good to know
Talking about grains… while quinoa is often considered a grain or pseudo-grain, it’s actually a seed related to beets, spinach and chard.
Clean eating quinotto: time saving tips
Bunches of celery slices can be stored in a plastic bag in the freezer for up to three months or in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Rinse before using.
Quinoa: Integral part of 52 Chef Habits
Did you know that eating quinoa is an integral part of my 52 Chef Habits Ecourse, including more yummy quinoa recipes. Click here to learn more!
Now it’s your turn!
Cook this easy quinotto and let me know how you like it in the comment section below!