Healthy Recipe
Caramelized Orange Quinoa

Healthy New Recipe - Caramelized Orange Quinoa

Making a plan is crucial to your healthy eating success. One of the worst situations is this scenario, all of a sudden you are hungry, you are strapped for time, you look in the fridge, you look in the pantry, panic sets in. There is nothing that you can prepare quickly. So now comes the indecision, should I wait or grab a pack of those peanut butter crackers that I know I am not supposed to have. Before getting myself prepped to succeed I opted to grab those peanut butter crackers many times, and although I do love them dearly, they are a horrible train wreck food for anyone that has gluten or candida issues.

It wasn't until I realized one day the reason I kept failing and eating foods that are wrong form me is because I didn't have anything prepared that could be easily put together in just a couple minutes. So my action plan involved creating simple, easy dishes that I can prepare ahead of time. With enough prepared food in the fridge it is quite easy to have a meal in less than 10 minutes all week long.

Once you make a plan, success is within reach.

Being prepared and armed with choices is the secret to eating healthy foods all the time. I spend several hours each weekend preparing foods. Everyone can find a couple hours here or there to do something important for themselves. It will benefit you in the end.

This recipe below has become a favorite of my husband and I. He absolutely loves it. I hope you do too!

Caramelized Orange Quinoa

I make large portions of most recipes so it is readily available to create quick meals throughout the week. You can tweak any of these recipes to suit your own needs. I encourage you to use the spices that most appeal to your taste buds. Many of my favorite recipes begin with these basic ingredients, red pepper, yellow pepper, green onions, sweet yellow onions, celery and garlic.I use mostly organic products when available.

1/2 to 3/4 red pepper
1/2 to 3/4 yellow pepper
3-4 green onions
3-4 celery ribs
1-2 tablespoons bitter orange peel (start with 1 tbsp and taste test)
1-2 tablespoons orange peel (start with 1 tbsp and taste test)
1 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
3-4 tablespoons lakanto (depending on sweetness desired)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon ghee
2-3 garlic cloves
1 container organic vegetable broth
1 cup quinoa (I use organic)

Both of these orange peels may not be necessary, but I wanted to create an explosion of citrus flavor in this recipe, and I did! My husband loves this dish, and it is "oh so healthy"!

Saute first 8 ingredients until almost caramelized.

This is going to give you a powerful burst of citrus flavor. I recently made this and did not let the veggies caramelize enough, it made a huge difference in flavor. I was so disappointed.

Once your veggies are caramelized add garlic and saute for a couple more minutes.

Now add one container (8 fl oz.) organic vegetable broth, (I buy mine at Publix, Pacific Natural Foods) let simmer for a couple minutes, then add 1 cup quinoa and add a couple cups of water. Let simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes. You may need to add more water until it is done. When finished it will be a thick consistency with a medium to dark orange color.

Enjoy!