Easy Quinoa Taco Bowl – Gluten-Free Recipe

I will admit, I am very weird when it comes to trying new foods.  To this day I still have no idea how my husband ever got me to try venison (which I love by-the-way and is a huge part of our diet).  Throughout the years he has also gotten me to try other foods I never would have imagined myself liking.  But, still trying new foods are hard for me.  I tend to stick to a bunch of basics that I just rotate through.  But yesterday, I decided to try something new!

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I love nutrition, and it’s such a passion of mine.  I have been trying to learn as much as I possibly can, and recently I came across a fantastic book called Stop Battling Disease & Start Building Wellness: Your Guide to Extraordinary Health by Tonijean Kulpinski.  The book is taking me awhile to get through as it’s very dense, and contains tons of information, but I think that’s wonderful because I am learning so much!!!  And so much that Tonijean discusses in her book are directly in-line with my husband’s and my beliefs when it comes to food, and where our food comes from.  Tonijean advocates for real, whole food that comes from the Earth, that is unprocessed, real, organic, God-given.  I absolutely am loving the book, and I love discussing what I am learning with my husband.

Yesterday, I was reading about all the amazing benefits of Quinoa and I knew that this was a food I had to try.  The benefits were amazing, and I did further research as well.  I loved what I was reading.  So, I decided that my husband and I were going to try making a Quinoa dish for dinner last night.  But first, I had to get over my reservations.

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To be honest, Quinoa always kind of freaked me out.  To me, it looks weird.  It’s this little seed.  I sometimes have texture problems when it comes to food, and even if it’s not the texture that gets to me, if I don’t like how a food looks I won’t eat it.  So, I had to get over my preconceived notions about Quinoa and give it a chance, especially if I wanted to get all the amazing benefits that Quinoa offers.

So what is so amazing about Quinoa?  As Tonijean states,

“Quinoa is actually a seed that is naturally gluten free.  It is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein.  While it is a great source of iron, lysine, magnesium, vitamin E, and riboflavin (B2), it contains twice as much fiber as most other grains.”

Stop Battling Disease & Start Building Wellness: Your Guide to Extraordinary Health by Tonijean Kulpinski, page 184

Quinoa is considered a complete protein because it contains all nine essential amino acids.  How awesome is that?  But, despite that Quinoa is such an amazingly nutrient dense food, it’s not considered Paleo.  As I’ve discussed before, I don’t believe in labels and labeling yourself.  I think it’s so important to learn as much as you can about nutrition, and then take bits and pieces from different schools of thought to do what’s right for you.  For us, Quinoa is a big plus for our diet.

Last night, I found us this amazing Quinoa recipe that we decided to give a try.  As we had most of the ingredients already in the house, we only had to go to the store to pick up a few things.  Right now money is a little tight, so we didn’t buy everything organic like we normally would, but the one thing we never compromise on is making sure everything we buy is Non-GMO.  You definitely do not want to consume products that have been genetically modified (more on that in a future post).  So, if you can’t afford organic, at least make sure all your items are Non-GMO.  By doing this you are making a much healthier choice for you and your family.

The recipe I found was called Easy Mexican Quinoa – One Pan Dish.  Of course, we made some changes to the recipe, so I have titled my recipe Easy Quinoa Taco Bowl.  The recipe is so easy to make, and absolutely delicious!  Turns out I like Quinoa!!!  The texture doesn’t bother me at all.  I can’t wait to experiment even more with this amazing little super-grain.

If you try this recipe, I’d love to know what you think.

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